The State Duma Committee on International Affairs today at its meeting recommended the adoption in first reading of the draft federal law No. 911181-7 “On Amendments to Articles 2 and 4 of the Federal Law“ On Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary After the Russian Federation in a foreign state and the Permanent Representative (Representative, Permanent Observer) of the Russian Federation to an international organization (in a foreign state). Its authors were members of the Federation Council Andrei Klishas and Konstantin Kosachev.
The essence of the proposed amendments is to impose restrictions on ambassadors and permanent representatives of Russia in international organizations to have foreign or dual citizenship, as well as a residence permit abroad. “An ambassador, a representative can be appointed a citizen of the Russian Federation who does not have the citizenship of a foreign state or a residence permit or other document confirming the right to permanent residence of a citizen of the Russian Federation on the territory of a foreign state,” the text of the bill says. At the same time, the initiative introduces a ban on the possibility of acquiring foreign citizenship or a residence permit for heads of diplomatic missions of Russia immediately at the time they exercise their powers.
As the Chairman of the Committee Leonid Slutsky explained, the need for legislative consolidation of such norms is due to upcoming amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation regarding the introduction of a ban on civil servants, including senior officials, to “have citizenship other than citizenship of the Russian Federation”. “The powers of ambassadors and permanent representatives of Russia abroad are directly related to ensuring sovereignty and national security,” Slutsky emphasized.
“With the adoption of the bill, a uniform approach will be ensured in Russian legislation regarding the requirement for a person filling a government post of the Russian Federation to have only Russian citizenship,” the accompanying materials also explain.
The question is proposed to be submitted to one of the next meetings of the State Duma.