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A new Russian law may revoke citizenship gained after the Ukraine War

On April 1, 2020, a new law was passed in Russia that could strip Russians of their citizenship if they publicly discredit the country’s activities in the ongoing war in Ukraine. According to the law, a person’s acquired citizenship may be revoked if they “publicly discredit the foreign policy of the Russian Federation or its actions in the sphere of defense and state security.” This includes any criticism of Russia’s involvement in the conflict in Ukraine. The law is seen as a way for the Kremlin to silence critics of its actions in the conflict. Critics of the law have argued that it violates the right to freedom of expression and is a form of political repression.