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Roman Abramovich with his son Arkady

The children of one of Russia’s richest oligarchs have Lithuanian citizenship. What will happen to them?

December 15, 2023

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich has expressed dissatisfaction with the considerations of Lithuanian officials and the proposed amendments by the Ministry of the Interior. These amendments suggest the possibility of stripping citizenship acquired by descent, citing concerns for national security, as reported by the news agency “Bloomberg.”

Minister Agnė Bilotaitė brought attention to these legislative changes after revealing that two of R. Abramovich’s children – Anna and Arkadiy – hold Lithuanian passports and might have assisted their father in circumventing international sanctions. In response, Abramovich’s spokesperson stated, “R. Abramovich’s children, much like all other descendants of persecuted Lithuanian Jews, possess an absolute legal right to their citizenship. The omission of this context by the Lithuanian Government is misleading and regrettable.”

Previously Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda also criticized such a proposal, stating that “it is not very good to start tinkering with our laws, targeting them at a specific case, specific individuals.” Nauseda stressed that Lithuanian institutions should verify whether Lithuanian citizenship was granted to Abramovich’s children in accordance with existing laws. Additionally, these institutions must assess whether the billionaire’s offspring played a role in circumventing European Union sanctions.

In turn, Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte previously stated on Thursday that if citizenship is acquired to bypass international sanctions, its revocation can be addressed by changing the country’s laws. The Migration Department confirmed earlier that citizenship was granted to both of R. Abramovich’s children before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and R. Abramovich himself does not possess Lithuanian citizenship.

We, De Civitate Group, strongly oppose the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as well as attempts to circumvent the sanctions imposed for this by using Lithuanian citizenship legislation. We are ready to provide support in the restoration of Lithuanian citizenship to the descendants of Lithuanians in strict accordance with the Citizenship Law.

We monitor all changes in legislation and are ready to assess the applicant’s compliance with the current requirements of the Law on Citizenship of Lithuania even before signing the contract and making any payments.

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