What has changed?
Now a person can be deprived of citizenship even when he or she does not have citizenship of another state or guarantees of obtaining it. The changes do not apply to citizens of Belarus from birth, but only to those who have received it later. The changes will take effect in six months. On December 17, they were officially published on the National Legal Internet Portal of the Republic of Belarus.
A person can lose citizenship if he or she is found guilty of extremist activity or causing grievous harm to the interests of the state.
This includes the criminal articles for:
For these crimes, according to the new version of the law, people can be deprived of citizenship even in cases where this was not previously allowed:
Until now, citizenship could only be lost for entering the service of a foreign state (in the army, police, court, government) or at the request of the parents of a child who by birth acquired foreign citizenship along with the citizenship of Belarus.
It also became easier to obtain citizenship. For those wishing to obtain Belarusian citizenship, the period of residence was reduced from 7 to 5 years.
A foreigner from a family where the spouse and minor child are Belarusians can now apply for citizenship after three years of residence.