The Deputy offered to give children the Russian citizenship without parental approval

Vladimir Fedorenko

The Deputy of the state Duma from “United Russia” Konstantin Zatulin has submitted for consideration the lower chamber of Parliament a bill, allowing to provide Russian citizenship to children of mixed marriages with the consent of one parent. The document was registered in the Duma database of bills Friday, February 17.

“The question of abolishing the requirement to obtain the consent of a parent, a foreigner persistently raised by organizations and individuals from among the compatriots living abroad in numerous applications received in the state Duma. While there are a number of well-known disputes,the settlement of which the existence or absence of the child’s Russian citizenship has played a key role”, — stated in the explanatory Memorandum.

Zatulin is proposing to amend the Federal law “On citizenship of the Russian Federation”. They will give Russian citizenship to children whose one parent is Russian, simplified. In particular, will not take into account the opinion of the other parent-foreigner. Amendments concerning adoptive parents.

The legislator emphasizes that the current wording of the law does not allow Russian authorities to protect the interests of such children. In General “parent-foreigner is in a more advantageous position from the point of view of the realization of their parental rights,” reads the document.

On 9 December, the state Duma adopted Zatulin, the law that allows issuing Russian passports to former Soviet citizens in the simplified order for three more years — until 2020. This provision of the law before the amendment was due to expire in 2017. If the law was not passed, thousands of former citizens of the Soviet Union would have been under the threat of deportation from Russia, said the Deputy.