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Maria Kartasheva, a Russian activist who lives in Ottawa, had her application for Canadian citizenship blocked due to a conviction under a Russian law used against opponents of the invasion of Ukraine.

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The Canadian Minister of Immigration has indicated that the anti-Russian war activist from Ottawa, Maria Kartasheva, will finally be able to obtain Canadian citizenship. Last spring, she was refused to pledge allegiance to the Crown during the middle of a citizenship ceremony.

In a post on the social network She has been invited to become a Canadian citizen, he added.

Her citizenship ceremony is scheduled to take place as early as Tuesday afternoon.

I am very anxious and tired, she reacted in an interview with CBC News. I wrote again to the immigration person who informed me just to check if it was not an error. And they called me back to confirm that it was really going to happen.

In an article published last week, CBC/Radio-Canada recounted the story of this Russian activist opposed to the invasion in Ukraine whose application for Canadian citizenship was withdrawn at the last moment.

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At issue, his conviction in Russia at the end of 2022, then the approval of his arrest in absentia in April 2023 approved by Russian judge Elena Lenskaya, then judged by the Basmanny District Court of Moscow – two courts that are still subject to sanctions by Canada for human rights violations.

Justice Russian government criticized Ms. Kartasheva for her two blog posts from March 2022, in which she published photos and wrote in Russian to express her horror at the Bucha massacre.

A Russian law adopted shortly after the invasion of Ukraine prohibits the public dissemination of deliberately false information about the use of the armed forces of the Russian Federation.

Under Canadian immigration rules, if a citizenship applicant is charged with a crime in another country that could be subject to of a criminal act under the Canadian Penal Code, her application may be revoked or refused.

Maria Kartasheva, 30, lives in the federal capital since 2019. Her misadventure with IRCC had sparked strong criticism from a lawyer specializing in immigration issues and a university professor who maintain that the real objective of Russian law is to silence dissenting voices against the invasion in Ukraine.

With information fromMatthew KupferfromCBC News

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