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Duma Backs Bill Forcing Russians To Disclose Foreign Passports

Published: May 16, 2014 (Issue # 1810)



  • Lawmakers have three days to work on amendments to the bill .
    Photo: Chris Gordon / SPT

The State Duma has passed at its first reading a bill that would require Russians to report any citizenship they might hold in another country — a measure criticized by some but backed by President Vladimir Putin.

The bill, which would criminalize any failure to report dual citizenship, passed the initial approval on Wednesday, and lawmakers have three days to work on proposed amendments, a note on the State Duma's website said, without providing details.

Failure to declare a second citizenship could result in fines of up to 200,000 rubles ($5,700), or up to 400 hours of community service, according to the draft bill.

Critics have denounced the bill as legally flawed, suggesting it is part of a supposed Kremlin attempt to keep tabs on potentially disloyal Russians.

The Cabinet have also voiced their disapproval, with Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Prikhodko saying last month that the bill contradicted an article in the Constitution that states Russia views its citizens as only its own citizens, and that officially proclaiming another citizenship runs counter to that definition.

Putin voiced his support for the proposed measure earlier this spring.





 


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Thursday, July 24


Liliana Modiliani, a well-known Russian stylist, will talk about choosing clothes that fit during her lecture at 7 p.m. at the Pryamoy Efir art club, 13 Viborgskoe Shosse.



Friday, July 25


Discuss Russia’s economic and political prospects for 2014 during a Business Breakfast organized by SPIBA at 9.30 a.m. in the Bank Saint-Petersburg office at 64


Malookhtinsky Prospekt.


Start your weekend with adorable miniature pigs at the Squealing Pig festival at 7 p.m. this evening in the Karl & Friedrich restaurant, 15 Iozhnaya doroga, on Krestovsky Island.



Saturday, July 26


Hundreds of brand-new and retro cars, drag and drift shows, test drives and karting are planned for the Avtobum-2014 festival, which will take place in front of the RIO shopping center at 2 Fuchika Ulitsa.


Participants in today’s SaniDay Summer competition will impress visitors with their hand-made, unusual and hilarious boats, which will race at the Igora Resort near the 54th kilometer on Priozerskoe Shosse.


Metro Family Day will include both serious lectures for adults and master-classes for children, making the event interesting for the whole family. To participate, come to Kirov Park on Yelagin Island.


Photography will be the focus of today’s Photosubbota, which features lectures by famous photographers, meetings with photo schools and studio representatives, and participation in a photography competition. The event starts at noon at Petrokongress, 5 Lodeynopolskaya Ulitsa.


If you like cycling, make sure to visit the Za Velogorod Festival with its retro bike exhibition, market and live music. The second round of the Leningrad Criterium race will also take place during the event at Petrovsky Arsenal in Sestroretsk.



Sunday, July 27


Navy Day will be celebrated with a weapon and military transportation exhibition, self-defense master classes and concerts. The event starts at 1 p.m. in the 300th Anniversary Park of St. Petersburg.



Monday, July 28


Don’t miss a chance to see the latest achievements in robotics during the RoboDom interactive show, exhibiting more than 150 robots. The show will be at BUM center, 22/2 Gzhatskaya Ulitsa, until Aug. 3. The entrance ticket costs 350 rubles ($10).



Tuesday, July 29


A video of a Queen concert from 1986 will be shown today at 8 p.m. in Yaschik, 50/13 Ligovsky Prospekt.



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