Russia is about to criminalize failure to declare dual citizenship in what lawmakers say is a bid to crack down on the "fifth column."
Exposing holders of multiple passports may be the first step to banning dual citizenship, said a holder of US and Russian passports who currently lives on the US' east coast.
The bill's authors say it is a preemptive measure against possible subversive action by dissidents in the face of Moscow's deteriorating relations with the West.
Officials and legislators have been banned from owning assets — though not real estate — outside the country, and foreign travel has been prohibited for some 4 million civil servants out of a total population of 143 million.
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