Court name: Belgorod Regional Court
State: Russian Federation
Date of decision:
Legal instruments: 1997 European Convention on Nationality, Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)
Key aspects: Deprivation of nationality, Determination/confirmation of nationality, Passport restoration, State succession
The applicant has been residing in Russia since 2002 with a Russian passport. His request to renew his passport in 2011 was denied, reason being that his previous passport was not issued in accordance with applicable rules, the latter having been confiscated on the basis of the same decision. The refusal to renew the applicant's passport rendered him stateless, which was considered by the court as a strong argument to rule in favour of the applicant and declare the decision of the responsible authority unlawful.