(QHA) -

Russian Parliament approved a decree introducing criminal responsibility for concealment of dual citizenship.

In Crimea, region that was annexed by Russia in March, the decree will come into force in January 2016.

According to the law, those concealing their second citizenship will be fined up to 200,000 rubles ($5,700) or punished by compulsory community service of up to 400 hours if fail to notify the Federal Migration Service of receiving the second citizenship.

“The law comes into force in January 2016 in Crimea. The term will be enough for settlement all possible issues concerning the period of transition”- reads the statement of Council on Human Rights at Russian President.

Since the Russian annexation of Crimea, all the residents of the region were forced to take Russian citizenship, still great amount of Crimeans wished to remain citizens of Ukraine.

Russian passports are given to Crimeans not by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, but by the Federal Migration Service of Russia, so they are valid on the territory of Russia Federation only.

As we earlier reported, Kyiv authorities, along with US and UN countries, do not recognize the annexation and declare Crimea residents citizens of Ukraine.

 

QHA