Poroshenko to decide on stripping Saakashvili of Ukrainian citizenship

19:53, 26 July 2017
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The Commission on Citizenship under the President of Ukraine has considered documents regarding stripping Mikheil Saakashvili of Ukrainian citizenship, and President Petro Poroshenko has the final say, according to the State Migration Service of Ukraine.

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The materials "concerning Mikheil Saakashvili, which were obtained from the Georgian side, provided by the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine, and processed by the State Migration Service of Ukraine, were sent to the Commission on Citizenship under the President of Ukraine and were duly examined at a Commission meeting," the State Migration Service said in a statement on its website.

Read alsoUkrainian MP who offered leasing Crimea to Russia stripped of citizenship"Under the Constitution of Ukraine, it is the President of Ukraine who shall decide on depriving Ukrainian citizenship in keeping with conclusions by the Citizenship Commission," the statement said.

"In accordance with Articles 24 and 25 of the Law [on Citizenship of Ukraine], it is the State Migration Service and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, diplomatic missions and consular services of Ukraine (depending on the place of living of those who are in question) that are authorized to prepare a motion for depriving individuals of Ukrainian citizenship, which shall be sent along with necessary documents to the Commission on Citizenship under the President of Ukraine for further consideration," the statement said.

The State Migration Service notes that under Article 19 of the Law on Citizenship of Ukraine, voluntary acquisition by a citizen of Ukraine of citizenship of another state if at the time of such acquisition he or she was of the age of legal majority, or acquisition by a person of Ukrainian citizenship under Article 9 of the law by resorting to fraud, deliberate submission of untrue information or false documents serves the grounds for depriving the person of Ukrainian citizenship.

However, the statement does not directly mention that Saakashvili has been deprived of Ukrainian citizenship.

Head of the State Migration Service's press center Serhiy Hunko did not give any additional information at UNIAN's request.

Some 314 individuals were stripped of Ukrainian citizenship under presidential decrees from 2012 to 2017, the State Migration Service said.

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