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Petryk Tetiana

Head of migration law practice, master of law, expert in the field of migration law.

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Recently, the specialists of the legal company “Prikhodko&Partners” receive many questions regarding the provision of consultations regarding the details of the process of “quickly obtaining a passport of a citizen of Ukraine”, using the example of a citizen of the Russian Federation – Mr. Oleksandr Nevzorov. In particular, our specialists receive such calls and letters with requests from citizens of the Russian Federation who are dissatisfied with the circumstances of the case.

Therefore, in order to reduce the flow of such requests, we provide an answer immediately for all interested parties!

Mr. Nevzorov Oleksandr, a citizen of the Russian Federation by birth, actually applied to the authorized bodies of Ukraine to grant him and his wife Ukrainian citizenship under a simplified procedure. As a result, the President of Ukraine signed the relevant Decree, which will be confirmed by the State Migration Service of Ukraine at the beginning of June 2022. But the reason for his appeal was not the way that the Russians imagine. Not using a personal acquaintance with Our President of Ukraine, not using your acquaintances in the state bodies of Ukraine, corruption schemes and “friends” in the Ukrainian special services, etc. Everything is many times easier.

The question of granting a person citizenship is always a political decision, which is connected with many points. In particular, the relationship between the state whose citizenship the person applying for Ukrainian citizenship has at the time of submitting documents for Ukrainian citizenship and Ukraine itself. Availability of reasons for obtaining Ukrainian citizenship and the meaning of the category of the reason itself, etc. Diplomatic or other relations between Ukraine and the Russian Federation were quite strained after 2014, in some issues, there was no feedback from the Russian Federation at all, and after the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine, there were no relations left at all.

In December 2021, the President of Ukraine signed the Law of Ukraine On the Simplified Procedure for Obtaining Ukrainian Citizenship for Citizens of a State Classified by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine as an aggressor country (the Russian Federation is on this list).

This act also provides for the right to sign a declaration of renunciation of foreign citizenship at the time of obtaining Ukrainian citizenship. This means that now for citizens of the Russian Federation, the need to go to the Russian Federation, to apply to the authorized bodies and to renounce the citizenship of the Russian Federation, in order to complete the procedure of obtaining the citizenship of Ukraine, is forever rejected.

Accordingly, Nevzorov received his citizenship on legal grounds, having gone through a transparent documentation procedure.

Any person can confirm this fact by sending a request to the authorized Ukrainian state bodies, since Nevzorov is a public figure, the information about accepting him to the citizenship of Ukraine is not personal information or information with limited access.

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