The Citizenship Law: Russia is on the Edge of the Political Collapse
About 7.5 million people have been illegally deprived of their right to become Russian citizens, although they took part in all elections
As it turns out, the
As it is well-known, the lower house of the Russian parliament passed the statement last week "On the Observation of Russian Federation Citizens' Rights in
The president of this Russia-friendly country issued a decree that totally corresponds to the Russian law on citizenship. The adequate law imperatively prohibits Russian citizens from having a dual citizenship in
Russian deputies forgot about the law that they had passed. They started creating rhetorical figures about the issue of human rights in
However, the citizenship issue has been one of the most populist during the latest decade. Authorities are not going to resolve it because the game of promises allows even greater political advantages. Is there anything else these millions of our co-nationals have to do - who have to go from one office to another – to finally attain what is theirs from the day are born? During the latest large press conference, Vladimir Putin urged Russian politicians "not to complicate the situation with inaccurate actions." What about Mr. Putin himself? Below you can find the information about the actions that the president has taken about the issue of Russian citizens.
The presidential draft law about the
Last year, when Putin was communicating with the people of his country through television, the president learnt that Ensign Oleg Kozlov from the 201st army division deployed in the
Having signed the new law about citizenship, Vladimir Putin promised: the people, who wanted to become Russian citizens, would have to "run about" a lot. A year later, the president stated in his address to the parliament that millions of people were "tired of running about."
PRAVDA.Ru addressed to the press service of the Kremlin administration and requested a conversation with Vladimir Shumov, chairman of the citizenship department. One should mention that Mr. Shumov settled in
The Russian mass media outlet was not given an opportunity to talk to Vladimir Shumov, which is nonsense. Natalia Timakova, chairwoman of the presidential press service has been considering PRAVDA.Ru's request for three months already. Natialia Timakova appeared in
We were not really upset with the poorly organized work of the Kremlin press service: Vladimir Putin's administration looks the way that the president wants it to be. He is the master of the situation, taking into consideration the fact that we know nothing about the semi-official point of view regarding the problem for former Soviet citizens to obtain the Russian citizenship.
Deputy chairman of the Kremlin administration, Jokhan Polliyeva comes from the
Doesn't it remind the typical colonial logic? As it turns out, the OSCE is supposed to grant
"I wish I could die this year."
Millions of Russian people are desperate about the status that they are supposed to have by birth, according to the country's international obligation. PRAVDA.Ru receives numerous emails, in which people ask questions and tell their stories about the outrage of officials, about the duties that they make people pay.
A young man wrote from the city of
A girl lives next door to the man. She started going to school in the
Can Russian be isolated again?
The state chauvinism appeared the same way as all other fascist movements of the last century. PRAVDA.Ru's human rights service says that
In the official note of the Foreign Ministry to the UN, dated
Before the collapse of the
Congratulations to those, who gave the right answer. Of course, the conclusion about the state discrimination policy towards a certain category of citizens seems to be the right conclusion to make. Who of the Kremlin officials decided to retrieve the serfdom and on which basis? It does not really matter. The discrimination was given the green light – this is the main thing. From the legal point of view, one may say that the anger on the part of Russian official structures, including deputies of all levels, against former
Let us count. Seven million five hundred thousand people pay the state duty for citizenship every six months, although they have a right for the citizenship without this humiliating pay. The sum turns out to be huge, taking into consideration the fact that people have to pay this duty for years.
All these facts show that both the Kremlin and the Kremlin-controlled legislative power roughly violate fundamental human rights.
Despite numerous addresses from the deputies and human rights activists, the Kremlin continues insisting on the right to divide Russian citizens into two categories. The civilized world should have blockaded
What is legitimate in
As soon as the Kremlin acknowledges this problem, it will have to admit that its power is totally illegitimate in
Indeed: any Russian citizen has a right to go to court and say that any decree, law, election results, or even the Constitution are null and void. A court will have to uphold the claim as soon as the claimant presents the evidence to prove illegitimate actions of a legal act against the people, who have taken part in all elections, including the Russian Constitution referendum, although they were not Russian citizens. Is there a president, a constitution that can be elected by the people, who do not have the citizenship of a country, where elections take place?
That is exactly what has been happening in
The country has been driven in a legal dead end. It has been driven there by the president, his legal advisors, members of his administration, who have apparently lost the feeling of reality. On the one hand, the juridical collapse may appear only if someone sues the state to nullify previous elections. According to the Civil Code of Russia, the protection of non-material rights is not subjected to cessation on account of the expired limitation period. At last, what can prevent legitimate Russian citizens from feeling like numerous Yeltsins, who stand up for
Goals for the future
It goes without saying that one has to solve the problem. President Putin emphasized the issue in his address to the parliament, and Kremlin officials stated that president's amendments to the law in force would be submitted to the lower house of the parliament before the Duma's spring session was over. The Duma finished its session last week, but there were no amendments submitted from the presidential administration. Thus, it is obvious that the government has made a populist show of the tragedy of millions of people again. What can be opposed to the government, which persistently refuses to do the things, for which it was elected by the society – to build a normal life that would correspond to international standards, at least in the field of the right. I think there can be the following steps taken.
First of all, one may file lawsuits to the Russian Supreme Court claiming the nullity of elections and plebiscites of the latest decade. The suits are to be based on the fact that the people, who had no Russian citizenship, took part in the elections. PRAVDA.Ru is ready to become the main informational sponsor. We are ready to work with any political or public force that has a goal to resolve this issue.
Secondly, PRAVDA.Ru addresses to its European and American readers with a request to express their opinions about the issue and send their emails to the official online office of the Russian president and to PRAVDA.Ru's corporate email.
Thirdly, we would like to address to officials of the world's superpowers, international organizations and human rights activists with a request to respond properly on the violation of rights of 7.5 million people in
The civil subject will always be touched upon on the PRAVDA.Ru website. We would like to ask our readers to express their thoughts about our suggestions too. In the end, it is not the government that should determine people's lives. People are supposed to take care of their fates themselves, correcting wrong decisions of the government.