Russia’s Supreme Court on Monday recalled the parliamentary candidacy of A Just Russia party member Marina Smirnova, the daughter-in-law of the breakaway Transdnestr Republic’s leader, Igor Smirnov, and the holder of triple citizenship.
Russia’s Central Election Commission filed the request to recall Smirnova’s registration, as under national law a parliamentary candidate can be only a Russian citizen. However, according to the commission, the woman also has Ukrainian and Moldovan passports (issued in 2001 and in 1999, respectively).
Smirnova has not told the commission about her multiple citizenships, Judge Nikolai Tolcheyev said, adding that the woman was stripped of her registration after uncovering the fact.
A Just Russia member, Andrei Fedotov, provided a reference from the Ukrainian Embassy proving that Smirnova is not presently a citizen of Ukraine. He added that he has also requested for such a reference from the Moldovan Embassy, but has not yet received a response.
Prosecutor Larisa Mosalova emphasized that the renunciation of Moldovan and Ukrainian citizenship officially comes into force only after presidential decrees are issued. Such decrees have never been provided to the Supreme Court, she said.
A Just Russia campaign chief Oleg Mikheev called the move politically motivated and said the party would challenge it.