Deprive passports for discrediting
On July 21, senators from Crimea, Sevastopol and the LPR Sergey Tsekov, Ekaterina Altabaeva, Sergey Kolbin and Olga Bas submitted a bill to the State Duma. It provides for the deprivation of Russian citizenship by birth of those who have committed a number of grave crimes. The document was published in the database of legislative acts of the State Duma.
“The point is that citizenship can be deprived, for example, for desertion, for discrediting the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, for inciting extremism,” the explanatory note to the initiative says.
President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin signed the law “On Citizenship of the Russian Federation” earlier. This law expanded the list of crimes, the commission of which entails the eruption of citizenship – however, it only applies to acquired citizenship. In addition to participation in terrorism, those who were convicted of actions against the national security of the country, sabotage, violation of the territorial integrity of the state, discrediting the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, desertion and public calls for extremism and unleashing an aggressive war can lose their passports and the rights of a citizen of the Russian Federation. iya, rehabilitated Nazism.
The co-author of the new initiative, a member of the Federation Council from Crimea, Sergei Tsekov, in a conversation with Gazeta, said that the amendments should equalize the rights of Russians with citizenship by birth and with acquired citizenship.
“I think you carefully read Article 6 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, and carefully read the law on citizenship. This article applies to all citizens of the Russian Federation, regardless of how citizenship was obtained. By birth, acquired or by option. And in the law on citizenship, it turns out, it is possible to terminate citizenship only for those citizens of the Russian Federation who received it by option. That is, it turns out that the citizens of the Russian Federation are not completely equal in their rights,” the senator said. Tsekov was indignant that many famous personalities, Russians by birth, discredit the Russian Federation, tear up passports, insult the state, fight against it.
“Who carried out the attack on the territory of the Belgorod region? Citizens of the Russian Federation by birth in the bulk, 99.9%, I think. So, it turns out that their citizenship cannot be terminated, but we can. I note that the level of Russian patriotism in Crimea is an order of magnitude higher than in some other regions of the Russian Federation. In Russia, they don’t insult Russia like they do… I won’t name in which regions, so as not to offend, ”
,” the member of the Federation Council emphasized.
The initiative of a group of senators to deprive Russians of citizenship acquired by birth for committing some serious crimes is unconstitutional and cannot be supported. This was reported by TASS with reference to the chairman of the State Duma Committee on State Building and Legislation Pavel Krasheninnikov.
“The rules of law are clear and understandable, we cannot support this, because citizenship is indivisible, it cannot be taken away. If this contradicts the Constitution, then there are no prospects, ”the parliamentarian emphasized.
According to him, even if the bill is written in detail in the committee on CIS affairs, this position will be the same for the Duma.
A similar opinion was expressed in a conversation with RIA Novosti by a member of the Federation Council Committee on constitutional legislation and state building Alexander Bashkin.
He recalled that deprivation of citizenship by birth is not provided for by the Constitution of the Russian Federation.
“It is necessary to change the Constitution, that’s the point. This [deprivation of citizenship] cannot be established by law without changing the Constitution, therefore, I think that the prospects for this proposal are not very high, ”explained a member of the Federation Council.
According to Bashkin, in Russia the Constitution has the highest legal force, and if the law contradicts it, then it does not work. Therefore, it makes no sense to adopt such a law.
Andrey Klishas, Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on State Building and Legislation, also reacted to the initiative of his colleagues. In his Telegram channel, he first published a post with excerpts from Article 6 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation:
1. Citizenship of the Russian Federation is acquired and terminated in accordance with federal law, is uniform and equal, regardless of the grounds for acquisition. 2. Every citizen of the Russian Federation has all the rights and freedoms on its territory and bears equal obligations stipulated by the Constitution of the Russian Federation. 3. A citizen of the Russian Federation cannot be deprived of his citizenship or the right to change it.
“I have already expressed my position on this issue and I want to emphasize once again that if a federal politician, including a senator of the Russian Federation, introduces a law that contradicts the Constitution, the Fundamentals of the constitutional system, then for such a politician this is a serious reason to think about whether he can hold his office,” the senator added.