Court name: Supreme Administrative Court
Date of decision:
Key aspects: Acquisition of nationality, Burden of proof, Deprivation of nationality, Determination/confirmation of nationality, Passport restoration, State succession
The applicant was born in the Soviet Union on the territory of Russia. The facts as to where the applicant lived and when are disputed in the case. In 1999 he was issued a Ukrainian passport, but a court later established that the place and date of birth he indicated were not correct, and his passport was confiscated and destroyed. The authorities argued that the applicant ought to prove he never acquired Russian nationality or alternatively that he renounced his Russian nationality.