The Ukrainian Deputy Yury Bereza Suggested to Denationalise All Ukrainians Who Obtained Russian Passports

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


The member of the “People’s Front” parliamentary faction Yury Bereza considers that it is necessary to simplify the procedure of nationality deprivation concerning some categories of persons.

In an interview to the “Obozrevatel” publication the parliamentarian called to automatically cancel the Ukrainian passports of all inhabitants living in the “occupied territories” of the country who obtained the citizenship of the Russian Federation.

“All who refused Ukrainian citizenship and grabbed a Russian flag must be automatically deprived of their Ukrainian passport, without a court decision, without an investigation, without anything. The time and work of the courts shouldn’t be wasted on this,” said the deputy of the Verkhovna Rada from the ‘People’s Front’ faction Yury Bereza.

Kiev views the DPR, LPR, and Crimea as “temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine”, and the locals — as Ukrainian citizens. However, Crimea has been under Russia’s jurisdiction for more than four years, and the Ukrainian authorities didn’t fulfil their social obligations to the population of the people’s republics. In April of last year Kiev suspended the payment of benefits to more than 200,000 pensioners, referring to the implementation of a verification and identification procedure that links the payment of pensions to registration as internally displaced persons. By April of this year more than 123,000 people submitted claims for the restoration of their rights to the provision of pensions, but the court satisfied only 91,600 claims, i.e., 26% didn’t receive their earned money.

“There are people who received a passport consciously, but discreetly. The special services must deal with them and afterwards to automatically deprive them of Ukrainian citizenship. And one thing — there are people who, according to them, were forced to act against Ukraine and accept Russian citizenship. Concerning them an investigation must made and they should be deprived of nationality in accordance with a court decision,” added Bereza.

According to Article 19 of the Law of Ukraine “On nationality”, today there are three grounds for depriving persons of Ukrainian citizenship: the voluntary acceptance of the nationality of another state; obtaining citizenship of Ukraine by deception and knowingly providing false data; voluntary military enrolment in another country if this service has no binding character.

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