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Citizenship of the Russian Federation is Not a Gift, But a Trap

NAM lawyer Artsiom Praskalovich stated on Malanka

Media channel that the simplified procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship for Belarusians is absolutely not a gift. A conclusion can also be drawn for those countries that Russia wants to include in such an initiative—Belarus, Moldova, Kazakhstan—hoping to increase its influence on the territory of these states. Although, as statistics show, there are fewer people wishing to acquire Russian citizenship from Belarus.

Today, obtaining Russian citizenship means joining the ranks of the armed forces of the Russian Federation. Information is already appearing on the Internet that almost simultaneously with the acquisition of citizenship, people are being given a summons to the front, to the war with Ukraine.

It is also important to note that in Russia there is criminal liability for discrediting the armed forces, and other measures of responsibility and responsibilities that are imposed on citizens of the Russian Federation.

Belarusians, having Russian citizenship, located anywhere in the world, will also be covered by these duties and possible responsibilities. One careless word and a person ends up wanted. Entering the territory of a number of countries friendly to the Russian Federation, he risks being deported to Russia for criminal prosecution and serving his sentence.

There are no economic, political or any other benefits from acquiring Russian citizenship. Having Russian citizenship can become more of a problem than a privilege.


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