The prosecutor’s office demanded that eco-activist Arshak Makichyan be deprived of Russian citizenship. About this activist told in their social networks. Human rights activists from the “First Department” confirmed “Mediazone” that the lawsuit was filed with the Shatura City Court of the Moscow Region.
Makichyan has lived in Russia since the age of one and received Russian citizenship in 2004, graduated from high school and is married to a Russian woman. After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the activist criticized the actions of the authorities, in particular, he urged impose an oil embargo to stop the invasion of Ukraine. Now Makichyan is in Germany.
The prosecutor’s office claims that when filing the application, he provided deliberately false information. What information is in question is not reported. The activist’s case will be considered on June 9. Russian citizenship is his only, if the court decides to revoke it, he will become stateless.
“I was insulted from childhood for my nationality, but I always considered myself a Russian. No matter what happens, this is my country and my culture, and I love them. Now they want to deprive me of citizenship for my activism, for the fact that I demanded to fight against climate change and protested against the war, for not being silent. Of course, I will not be silent even now. Whatever the court decides on June 9, I will continue to fight for a normal Russia of the future,” Makichyan said in his video message.
Makichyan worked in Russia on environmental issues, in particular, issues of forest fires, climate change and natural disasters. He was one of the members of the Russian part of the Fridays for Future movement, which was founded by the Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. Its several times detained on the shares of the movement. On one occasion he received six days of administrative arrest.