Russian President Vladimir Putin has introduced a new bill to ban civil servants and armed forces personnel from holding other allegiances. The measure is set to apply to around one million state employees.
They will be prohibited from holding foreign citizenships and residence permits under the plan, which has been published in the State Duma’s online database.
“A soldier, a federal state civil servant, an employee of state security bodies can only be a citizen of the Russian Federation who does not have citizenship (nationality) of a foreign state or a residence permit or other document confirming the right of permanent residence of a citizen of the Russian Federation on the territory of a foreign state,” the legislation provides.
Last week, the State Duma waved through a similar bill banning members of the State Council from the same rights, as well as having accounts with foreign banks.
However, earlier this month, legislation was introduced to formally allow Russian spies and intelligence officers to take foreign citizenship and residence permits if required as part of their missions. Previously, this had been a sackable offense for the country’s spooks.
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