The leaders of four parliamentary factions — Vladimir Vasilyev (United Russia), Gennady Zyuganov (CPRF), Sergei Mironov (a just Russia) and Vladimir Zhirinovsky (LDPR) has submitted to the state Duma a draft law on deprivation of the Russian citizenship of those convicted of crimes of a terrorist nature. The corresponding document was published on the official website of the lower house of Parliament.
From the explanatory notes that current Russian legislation does not provide for such practices.
“In this regard, the bill proposes to amend article 22 of the Federal law “On citizenship of the Russian Federation” according to which the grounds for cancellation of the decision on acquisition of citizenship of the Russian Federation will be the conviction of a person to the punishment of the legally effective court sentence for committing crimes of a terrorist nature”, — said in the explanation.
The head of the Federation Council Committee on defense and security Viktor Ozerov comments in the “RIA Novosti” noted that the chamber is ready to consider and support the law on the abolition of decisions on granting Russian citizenship to those convicted of terrorism.
“I think this bill will find support not only in Parliament but also in society. The Federation Council will consider promptly and convinced to support the bill,” — said Ozerov.
The Chairman of the legislative Committee of the state Duma Mikhail Emelyanov said in the comments that this bill is not about the deprivation of the Russian citizenship by birth — which is in contradiction with the Constitution, “and annulment in respect of those to whom it was issued.” “It’s such a borderline normal”, — said the Deputy. However Emelyanov believes the constitutional provision about the impossibility to revoke the citizenship of “obsolete”. “When it was adopted, we did not know that faced with such a terrible phenomenon as international terrorism. And if we will talk about the changes to the Constitution, the rule should be abolished one of the first”, — he said.
Earlier, on April 12, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin in interview to TV channel “MIR 24” said that Russia, by its normative legal documents cannot be deprived of citizenship.
“In accordance with the Russian Constitution, we deprive anyone of citizenship can’t. But we can cancel the relevant decisions, which served as the basis for obtaining Russian citizenship. We will consult with our lawyers, and, I think, such decisions will be made in the near future”, — said the head of state the solution to his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev to deprive of citizenship for membership in a banned organization “Islamic state”.