Why Be a Russian Dual Citizen?
Paranoia and widespread suspicion are moving across Russia like low-lying storm clouds bent on unleashing their fury. A new law bans US-funded non-profits, and prohibits Russian-Americans with dual citizenship from holding top positions in the NGOs. And now the anti-dual citizen sentiment has spread to journalists, namely Vladimir Pozner, as though he has questionable loyalties.
Let’s just think this through. Why in the world would any dual citizen choose to live in Russia if he were not loyal? Why not write or broadcast from abroad when everyone in the global game is so close to one another with the click of a computer, or the touch pad of a phone?
Is there any benefit to being a dual citizen of Russia and another country these days? Not as President Putin continues his public relations nightmare, demonizing anyone who would dare hold another passport and questioning their devotion, allegiance, trustworthiness, and faithfulness, as though a passport was the all-knowing litmus test.
His statements, along with the Duma’s dubious bill-writing is leading to all-out alienation with those whom Putin should be wooing. This is not the way to win millions of Russian ex-pats into coming home for the holidays and beyond. To put it bluntly, those who still hold Russian citizenship, along with that of another nation, are not feeling the love.
Putin, it’s time to put on a happy face, pucker up, and make up. A little honey will attract many more to your cause than the heavy hammer and sickle approach.
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