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Russian State Duma sets up group to work on citizenship oath

President Vladimir Putin has suggested to introduce an oath for foreigners who apply for Russian citizenship

MOSCOW, June 6. /TASS/. A working group is being set up at the Russian State Duma lower house of parliament to create the text of an oath of citizenship, a senior legislator told TASS on Tuesday following President Vladimir Putin’s suggestion to introduce an oath for foreigners who apply for Russian citizenship.

The working group "will include representatives from different factions," said Pavel Krasheninnikov, chairman of the Duma committee for state construction and legislation, who will also be in the group.

It will be led by Vladimir Vassilyev, the leader of the United Russia Party faction. "We will be working on an oath (for conferment of Russian citizenship) - laconic, but clear," he said.

According to Krasheninnikov, it must be clear from the text of the oath "that the person who gets the citizenship will comply with the Russian Constitution, rights and duties of the Russian citizen".

He said the oath will be added into the law on Russian citizenship. "We are now discussing how this can be done. It is not ruled out that this will be made in amendments to the second reading for the bill on revoking Russian citizenship from convicted terrorists," the parliamentarian said.

Earlier on Tuesday, at a meeting with Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, President Putin suggested considering a ceremony of an oath of citizenship.

Volodin said the lower house will look into international practice to this respect and taking into account this as well as Russian traditions it will suggest for president’s consideration the text of an oath "so that the person who becomes citizen of the Russian Federation realizes responsibility".