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Russian Expats Wrestle With Dual-Citizenship Dilemma

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

A new Russian law criminalizing the failure to declare foreign passports has raised fears of a fresh Kremlin crackdown on opponents at home, but Russian expatriates technically excluded from the statute are now scrambling to determine whether they must comply as well. 

As it turns out, they may not be off the hook quite yet.

The law, which Russian President Vladimir Putin signed on June 4, requires Russian citizens living within Russia's borders to declare any foreign passports or residence permits they possess but excludes Russians "permanently residing" outside the county from the provision.

Hundreds of thousands of Russians living abroad, however, may be forced to choose between either disclosing these foreign ties or formally canceling their Russian residency -- a step some say they are hesitant to take because of potential bureaucratic hassles should they return home.

"If I have to make a choice, there's no way I'm going to cancel my [Russian] residence registration," says Ksenia, a Chicago-area entrepreneur originally from the Moscow region who declines to give her last name because of the political controversy surrounding the legislation.

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A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Russian Expats Wrestle With Dual-Citizenship Dilemma

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