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Live updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine

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Live updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with war correspondents in Moscow on June 13.
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with war correspondents in Moscow on June 13. Gavriil Grigorov/Sputnik/AFP/Getty Images

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law Tuesday defining conditions to invalidate Russian travel passports, according to the document published on the government portal website.

The new law puts strict travel restrictions on Russian citizens who could be conscripted to mandatory military service.

Conscripted Russians would have to submit their travel passports to authorities within five business days from the date of being notified “of the decision to restrict the right of a citizen of the Russian Federation to leave,” the law said.

Russian citizens usually have two passports — internal and travel passports.

If a citizen whose right to leave Russia has been limited has not transferred the passport for storage to the correct government department, the passport can also be canceled.

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Russian citizens discharged from military service in the FSB —the Federal Security Service — would have to give up their travel passports for storage for up to five years from the date of dismissal from military service.

Diplomatic or service passports could be recognized as invalid if not returned without a good reason within five working days after the completion of a business trip, the law states.

Under the new law, a travel passport becomes invalid if it has been lost, expired, or if the owner has changed personal data — such as name, gender, date or place of birth.

The law also establishes the grounds under which the passport can be withdrawn, for example, if there is a suspicion it contains false information, is issued on the basis of forged documents, or is recognized as unsuitable.

Some more context: Russia has experienced a significant outflow of men fleeing war, especially since the announcement of partial mobilization in September 2022.

Moreover, in April 2023, Russia adopted a package of amendments to the law “On military duty and military service.” The amendments creation of a digital register of those liable for military service and introduced electronic summonses, which are considered received from the moment they are posted in the personal account on the State Services. From the date of delivery of such a summons, it is prohibited to travel abroad.

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