Russia’s Policy of Passport Proliferation

By Dr. Neil Melvin

Serbia, Belgrade — A mural depicting deceased Russian warlord Motorola, who fought against Ukrainian forces in Donetsk, Ukraine, is seen in a residential area of Belgrade. © Pierre Crom

With new amendments to Russia’s Law on Citizenship, the Kremlin is establishing a legal pretext to threaten or actually to use force based on a claim to protect Russian citizens resident in neighbouring states.

On 24 April, President Vladimir Putin signed a law to amend Russia’s citizenship law. The new