Is it possible to get a Russian visa with a Dutch passport while holding the Russian nationality?

In a discussion with travel buddies the following issue came up as the result of a Russian trip planning.

The situation of the person is as follows:

  • Born in Azerbeidjan (former Soviet state).
  • In the possession of a Dutch passport.
  • Due to being born in a former Soviet state he is also registered as having the Russian nationality (I found this causality weird, but that’s how it was explained). He doesn’t have a valid Russian passport though.
  • In the Dutch passport it’s obviously stated that he is born in Azerbeidjan.
  • For some reason (the person was not really clear about this) obtaining a Russian passport is not an easy option. He said it involves a large amount of money, a lot of time and hassle.

Is it possible for this person to obtain a Russian visa in The Netherlands on his Dutch passport?

The story goes that this is not possible as the Russians will note the country of birth and then conclude that the person needs to be in possession of a Russian passport, hence denying access on another (in this case Dutch) passport.
I could not find any hard facts supporting this story, that’s why I decided to ask this question here.


Your friend seems to be out of luck. The Russian Consulate in San Francisco states quite clearly that former citizens of the USSR or successor states need to prove they are no longer Russian citizens:

Former USSR and Russian citizens

Applicants who used to be citizens of
the USSR or of the Russian Federation and then emigrated from the USSR
or from Russia must submit: one of the documents which confirms that
they are no longer citizens of the Russian Federation (so called “Visa
to Israel” or stamp in their passport saying that they left for
“permanent residence abroad” before the 6th of February, 1992 or
official document certifying that their Russian citizenship was
abrogated), otherwise the applications will not be accepted.

And in the FAQ:

13. Although my passport says that I was born in the Soviet Union (USSR) or Russia, I knowfor sure that I am not a Russian citizen, but
all the documents which confirm this fact got lost long time ago. What
do I do?

You can send a special request for confirmation of the absence of
Russian citizenship to the Russian authorities through the Consulate.
It takes time (approximately 1-6 month), so, please apply in advance.
Upon receiving the answer, the Consulate will issue you official
document confirming that you are no longer a Russian citizen.

So they will need to either apply for Russian citizenship (and probably lose Dutch citizenship in the process, so not necessarily a good move…) or formally renounce their Russian citizenship.

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