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Russia’s State Duma passes law allowing dual citizenship for new applicants

The State Duma has approved a law that would allow individuals to apply for Russian citizenship without losing their existing citizenship elsewhere.

The bill also simplifies citizenship application procedures for citizens of Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, and Moldova; permanent residents of Latvia and Estonia; and the spouses and children of Russian citizens. Those individuals will no longer be required to live in Russia for five years before applying for a passport.

In early March, Vladimir Putin proposed simplifying Russia’s immigration and citizenship procedures.

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