Russia: Putin proposes to revoke citizenship for criticising military

Source: WION [India]

“Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed an amendment to legislation, allowing officials to revoke their citizenship if the Russian military is shown in poor light or criticised, state media reported. The amendments to the bill, originally adopted by the State Duma in April, deem ‘public dissemination of deliberately false information about the Russian Armed Forces’ to be a crime, holding it to be sufficient for cancelling of Russian passports, thereby citizenship. It primarily targets those who acquired citizenship through passport and not by birthright, for example, as a result of Russia’s ‘annexation’ of new territories. Among the changes proposed by Putin includes violating Russia’s territorial integrity, publicly calling for extremism, threatening the life of a government official, and abusing the state emblem and flag.” (11/14/22)