Russians Fined Over Multiple Citizenship
About 43,000 Russian citizens have been punished for not declaring a second passport or foreign residency permit since a deadline for reporting dual citizenship expired two months ago, a news report said Friday.
Those found to be in violation of the law were fined between 500 rubles ($9) and 1,000 rubles ($18), though no criminal cases have so far been brought, the Kommersant business daily reported, citing an unnamed parliamentary source.
Under a law passed in June, Russians with a second passport or foreign residency permit were obliged to report themselves to authorities by Oct. 4.
Russia does not explicitly prohibit holding a second passport, but limits the rights of dual citizens, who have been banned from serving as state officials since 2004.
Editor's Note: Governments naturally do not like their citizens to have multiple passports, which dilutes the amount of control they wield over them. More on the critical importance of getting a second passport here.