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Russian police conducting check of journalist Parfyonov due to his alleged failure to notify authorities of having dual citizenship

Russia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs is conducting a check in relation to journalist Leonid Parfyonov due to his alleged failure to notify Russian authorities of receiving a second, Israeli citizenship, Russia’s state news agency RIA Novosti reports, citing a source.

Screenshot from the interview of Parfyonov with Yury Dud released yesterday, 29 December

Screenshot from the interview of Parfyonov with Yury Dud released yesterday, 29 December

According to the law enforcement source, Parfyonov received Israeli citizenship in 2017 and failed to notify Russia’s official bodies of the fact.

The same source says that Parfyonov is currently in Georgia, which the journalist himself confirmed in an interview with another Russian journalist Yury Dud. The interview was released yesterday, 29 December.

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This summer, criminal cases on failing to notify authorities about a dual citizenship were initiated against politician Leonid Gozman and his wife Marina Egorova.

The politician received citizenship of Israel in 2018 but informed the migration service of the fact only a year later, in 2019. In April 2022, this fact served as a reason to initiate a criminal case against him, his lawyer previously explained.

On 25 July, Russia’s Internal Ministry placed Leonid Gozman on the wanted list. On the same day, he was detained in Moscow’s metro and soon released.

On 30 August, a Moscow court arrested Gozman for 15 days for equating the actions of the USSR and Nazi Germany. On 13 September, he was detained upon his exit from the detention centre. The next day, he received another 15-day sentence on the same charges, this time for a 2013 LiveJournal post.

Gozman, 72, spent 30 days in a detention centre and left Russia upon his release.

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