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Poroshenko suggests deprivation of Ukrainian citizenship for voting in elections in Crimea

The bill was documented in the Verkhovna Rada on April 19
20:30, 20 April 2018

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The Verkhovna Rada documented presidential bill, which provides depriving of Ukrainian citizenship for voting in the so-called elections in annexed Crimea. The document is published on the website of the Parliament.

According to the proposed amendments, if a Crimean resident gets Russian passport after the annexation of the peninsula, it is regarded as if a Ukrainian receives another citizenship involuntarily. Yet, if Crimean resident participated in the so-called elections conducted by Russia on the territory of Crimea, it is considered as if a Ukrainian got another citizenship voluntary.

Besides, the participation in such elections is a reason to deprive of Ukrainian citizenship. This norm concerns all Ukrainian citizens who used a voting or another right provided by another citizenship.

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Earlier, Russia holds elections in Crimea since its annexation. The elections for the State Duma were held in September of 2016.

Russian presidential elections were held on March 18, 2018, the fourth anniversary of the annexation of the peninsula, with the voting on the occupied territory. The Verkhovna Rada acknowledged the voting for Russia’s President in Crimea illegal and questioned the legitimacy of Russia’s elections in general.

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