The period of service in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation of foreigners will be taken into account when deciding on the provision of housing to military personnel who have received Russian citizenship. Corresponding amendments to the law on the status of military personnel were developed by the Ministry of Defense. According to the plan of the department, the government should develop a procedure for determining the total duration of military service of citizens of the Russian Federation, who “during a certain period of service” under a contract in the ranks of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation were citizens of a foreign state, in order to recognize them as needing housing.
According to the law, citizens in need of residential premises, upon reaching a total duration of military service of 20 years (and upon dismissal from military service for certain reasons - 10 years), are provided with a housing subsidy or residential premises at their chosen place of residence. The relevant norms were recognized by the Constitutional Court (CC) as contradicting the Basic Law due to their vagueness, “giving rise to the possibility of different interpretations” (decision of October 18, 2022). According to the judges, the law did not provide an unambiguous solution to the issue of the procedure and conditions for providing this guarantee to a citizen of the Russian Federation, who spent part of his service in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in the status of a foreign citizen.