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December 15, 2022

Lithuania Revokes Citizenship of a Russian Citizen

Authorities in Lithuania have decided to revoke the citizenship of a Russian citizen, Adolf Kaminskas, after, according to the Lithuanian Ministry of Internal Affairs, he already has Russian citizenship and he does not have the right to multiple citizenships.

According to a statement provided by the same Ministry, reads that the Migration Department carried out its own investigation and found out circumstances after Kaminskas refused to cooperate, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

“We are doing everything we can to prevent abuse and ensure national security.” Therefore, when investigating complex cases of citizenship determination, we have activated cooperation between the responsible institutions, and we have also submitted proposals to tighten the legal regulation regarding immigration and citizenship examination procedures”, Lithuania’s Minister of the Interior, Agnė Bilotaitė pointed out in this regard.

Lithuania’s Ministry of Internal Affairs has projected a draft amendment to the country’s government resolution, in order to accelerate the decision-making regarding the loss of citizenship in Lithuania if a person acquires citizenship to another state.

“To prevent persons who do not have the right to multiple citizenships from enjoying the rights and freedoms of citizens of the Republic of Lithuania and another state at the same time, the amendments shorten the deadline for submitting documents confirming that a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania who has acquired the citizenship of another state has the right to multiple citizenships from 6 to 3 months,” the statement reads.

Through a statement, the Lithuanian Ministry of Internal Affairs has confirmed that in case the Migration Department does not hold enough data which proves that a citizen of Lithuania can also be a citizen of another state, it will address a notice to the person in order to submit documents showing that he meets the requirements clarified in the country’s Law of Citizenship, no later than 3 months from the date that they received the notice.

Lithuania is among the European countries that have urged other countries to impose sanctions on Russia following the latter’s invasion of Ukraine, while it also called on authorities in EU countries to impose additional bans on Russia following the war in Ukraine.

A poll conducted in October by  Baltijos Tyrimai and commissioned by National Radio and Television in Lithuania (LRT), revealed that 62 per cent of the participants in this study agreed that EU countries should ban Russian citizens from entering their territories, while Lithuania should no longer issue visas for citizens of this country.

Previously, the Minister of Interior of Lithuania, Agnė Bilotaitė, urged all the EU countries to follow the Baltic States’ example and ban entry for all tourists from Russia.