The Federal Law establishes a mechanism for the recognition of citizens of the Russian Federation as not having Ukrainian citizenship in order to enable them to fully exercise their rights and freedoms without restrictions and limitations due to the retention of Ukrainian citizenship for reasons beyond their control.
Citizens of the Russian Federation who simultaneously hold Ukrainian citizenship, including those who have submitted an application to an authorised Ukrainian body to surrender their citizenship and have received no response, are entitled to submit a declaration of their unwillingness to hold Ukrainian citizenship to Russia’s Interior Ministry or its territorial body.
A citizen of the Russian Federation is considered not to have Ukrainian citizenship from the day of the application, provided that he or she is obliged not to perform actions related to exercising rights or fulfilling obligations stipulated for Ukrainian citizens. Citizens who have submitted a declaration of not wishing to hold a citizenship of Ukraine in accordance with other legislative acts of the Russian Federation also may not perform the specified actions.
If the above obligation is not complied with, the declaration of not wishing to hold Ukrainian citizenship shall be deemed invalid and the citizen is recognised as having Ukrainian citizenship. In this case, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia or its territorial body will conduct a check in accordance with the procedure established by the President of Russia.
Submission of a declaration of not wishing to hold a citizenship of Ukraine does not constitute grounds for reviewing decisions (actions) of state bodies that were taken (performed) in relation to the citizen who submitted such a declaration regarding their citizenship before the day from which the individual was deemed not to have Ukrainian citizenship.