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MOSCOW, November 13 (Itar-Tass) — President Putin has signed into law an amended bill on citizenship. The document was adopted by the State Duma on October 26 and approved by the Federation Council on October 31, 2012, the Kremlin press service said on its website.
The bill aims to specify the status of certain categories of citizens who live on the territory of the Russian Federation for a long time, including citizens of the former Soviet Union who failed to get the Russian citizenship in the established order; their adolescent children or grown-up children who came of age if they have neither citizenship of any other foreign country nor a document confirming their right to live in a foreign country; citizens of the former Soviet Union who had received a passport of a Russian citizen prior to July 1, 2002 but subsequently were not confirmed as Russian citizens by an authorized body of the Russian Federation.
The above-mentioned citizens may determine their legal status on the basis of an application for the Russian citizenship made on their own free will or a residence permit issued to such citizens. Citizens of the former Soviet Union who had received a Russian passport but subsequently were not confirmed as having the citizenship of the Russian Federation may get the Russian citizenship in accordance with a procedure of recognizing the citizenship of the Russian Federation.
The amended bill specifies the terms and order of their admission into the Russian citizenship, reasons for which an applicant cannot be recognized a citizen of the Russian Federation, a period during which an application for the Russian citizenship is to be considered, the order of making a decision on such applications and the order of revoking such decisions.
The amended bill also specifies the order of reinstating citizenship, which stipulates that citizens who officially quit the Russian citizenships may be reinstated as having the Russian citizenship according to a general or simplified procedure, depending on the category of citizens to which they belong. The bill also specifies reasons for which applications for Russian citizenship or reinstating an applicant as having the Russian citizenship might be declined.