Russian citizen renounces citizenship after Putin’s invasion of Crimea

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2014/07/02 • Political News

April 5 2014

Notification

Mr. Putin:

The purpose of this letter is to inform you, as the bearer of the Russian Executive Authority, that I no longer consider myself a Citizen of Russia.  Please do not count on me fulfilling any duties as Russian Citizen, nor bother to provide any assistance a Russian national could possibly count from Russian Federation.

I left Russian Federation in 1997.  In 2009, I obtained US Citizenship., having taken the Oath of Allegiance to the USA on November 18, 2009.  During the period from November 2009 though March 2014, I perceived it possible to remain Russian Citizen having become a Citizen of the USA.  However, the perfidious violation of the territorial integrity of Ukraine by Russian Federation in defiance of the Budapest Memorandum of 1994, committed under the pretext of defending Russian citizens in a foreign state, has made it impossible for me to keep my Russian Citizenship, for I cannot afford to jeopardize the USA, making this country vulnerable to a similar aggression in case the Russian leadership all the sudden decide that my rights are violated in the USA in any way.

Although I am aware about the routine process of abandonment of Russian Citizenship, I do not find it possible to follow it due to the following three reasons:  (1) the application form states:  “please permit me to renounce my [Russian] citizenship”; I am of an opinion that abandonment of a citizenship is not a petition, but rather, a notification;  (2) the [Russian] consular processing fee will constitute my contribution to the Russian Treasury; according to the Oath of Allegiance I took, I cannot finance a  country, hostile to the USA; (3) demand for a letter from the [Russian] Tax Office (which I cannot possibly provide, for I never received a salary in Russia).

Since you, for one reason or another, perform the duty of the President of Russian Federation, and you personally, according to Chapter VI Article 29 clause 1 v) of the Russian Citizenship Act of 2002, can record an act of expatriation, I hereby declare that for the reasons above I will no longer have Russian Citizenship.

To this notarized notice composed in three copies (one for you, one for US Authorities, one for myself) attached please find:  (1) my Russian passport (original – for you; copies  of the first page – for the US authorities and myself; (2) a copy of my US Passport front page (3) appropriate provisions of the Russian Citizenship Act; (4) Russian and English copies of Budapest Memorandum of 1994; (5) text of the Oath of Allegiance to the USA (with Russian translation)

Dr. Vladislav A. Litosh, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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  • MeinOhio

    I didn’t know the US allowed people dual citizenship. Weren’t you supposed to renounce it when you received your US citizenship papers?

    • Milton Devonair
    • Vladislav Litosh

      The USA do not demand any proof of the former citizenship. After the very same ceremony, I did ask the judge who I needed to turn it my Russian passport to. The judge said: “It’s between you and Russia. We have no authority to take away your passport.” So, bowing to my mother’s request, I kept my Russian passport… Until finally I realized I cannot have BOTH American and Russian passports, like one cannot be a “meat eating vegetarian”. Obviously, it was no dilemma as to which passport to keep.

      • MeinOhio

        This is a pretty complicated thing, I see. Anyway, congratulations on thinking things through and making a final choice.

        The reason I asked was that the US oath of allegiance (which my parents learned and recited during the naturalization ceremony) requires one to renounce allegiance to another country:
        “I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”

        • Vladislav Litosh

          Thank you for your opinion! Like I said, right after the Naturalization Ceremony was over, I brought up the issue with the Presiding Judge, which was due to exactly due to what I had just pronounced: “…absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen”. But, alas, it is not up to the US Government to take away someone’s foreign Citizenship. (Honestly, I wish it wasn’t true! I wish the Government of the USA did have such authority with respect to foreigners who have decided to become US Citizens, and therefore are taking the Oath of Allegiance which has the words recited above, but… the Law does not exactly correspond to what the Oath says!)

          Anyway, now, almost 5 years later, it has been ALL fixed!

          BTW, I live in Cincinnati now. :-)

  • Milton Devonair

    He joins many as the corrupt, criminal cesspool called ‘russia’ is just a larger version of mexico–both are corrupt cesspools where their biggest exports are gas and their youth.

    Flee young man, Flee russia and be among humans.

    • Arctic_Slicer

      Mexico is a paradise compared to Russia.

      • Milton Devonair

        Ain’t that sad? Just goes to show humans how ignorant russians are in defending their enslavement and continued, increased repression….and want it for others.

      • Vladislav Litosh

        Not just because of the better weather, but because it does not seek to oppose the USA in the World. Minding your own business is not such a bad idea, unless you are a winner of the Cold War.

    • Vladislav Litosh

      “Flee young man, Flee russia and be among humans.” Amen to that!

  • Euphemia

    Very disappointing. It would have actually meant something if he was to remain stateless after renouncing the Russian Citizenship.
    Also, it is quite convenient time to renounce to the citizenship and post this letter online, is it not now?

    • Vladislav Litosh

      “Very disappointing. It would have actually meant something if he was to remain stateless after renouncing the Russian Citizenship.”

      Hmm… Interesting… First of all, what exactly was disappointing? Second, I did consider such move as early as 2006, after poisoning of Litvinenko. I was talked out of it by my mom. And again in 2009, when I became a US Citizen. Now, after annexation of Crimea, even my mom was powerless to change my mind!

      “Also, it is quite convenient time to renounce to the citizenship and post this letter online, is it not now?”

      Like I said, I had such step in mind as early as 2006, when I, having taken such step, would have become stateless indeed. It’s just that now I could NO LONGER tolerate Putin’s behavior. I do not want to feel like the Germans did in 1941-1945 (just read how the life of German nationals in the USA was during that time, then you will now what I mean!)