Government plans: no need to renounce foreign citizenship to acquire Russian citizenship

According to the Ministry for Economic Development initiative, approved by the Russian Government, it is planned to give the right to foreign citizens to acquire Russian citizenship without having to renounce citizenship they have.

Currently, there are following exceptions from this requirement:

  • Agreement between Russia and a foreign Country;
  • According to the legislation of the foreign Country a person cannot renounce citizenship of this Country;
  • Several categories of foreign citizens, applying for Russian citizenship via simplified procedure.

This initiative is currently under discussion.

We will keep you posted on the developments. Meanwhile, should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.    

Best Regards,


Migration Law Department