HC Deb 05 October 1931 vol 257 c785
14. Commander BELLAIRS

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that Soviet Russia claims the right to grant naturalisation papers through its Embassies and Consulates without any residential qualifications; and whether he has any information as to any cases where the claim has been exercised in tins country?

Captain EDEN

There are provisions under Soviet law for the grant of Soviet citizenship to foreigners residing abroad. My Noble Friend has no information as to any cases having occurred in this country.

Commander BELLAIRS

Is not this a most extraordinary claim, of a kind that has not been put forward by any other nation?

Captain EDEN

It may be extraordinary, but no one has attempted to make use of it here. If they did so, we should, of course, not recognise it.

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