SUPREME SOVIET OF THE LITHUANIAN SOVIET SOCIALIST REPUBLIC                 
                                                                                
                               LAW                                              
                                                                                
                         ON CITIZENSHIP                                         
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter 1                                           
                                                                                
                       General Provisions                                       
                                                                                
     Article 1. Citizens of the Lithuanian SSR                                  
                                                                                
     The following  persons shall  be citizens  of the Lithuanian               
SSR:                                                                            
     (1) Persons  who were citizens of the Republic of Lithuania,               
children and  grandchildren of  such persons,  as well  as  other               
persons who  were permanent residents on the current territory of               
the Lithuanian  SSR prior to 15 July 1940, and their children and               
grandchildren who now are or have been permanent residents on the               
territory of the Lithuanian SSR;                                                
     (2) Persons  who have  a permanent place of residence in the               
Lithuanian SSR,  provided they  were born on the territory of the               
Lithuanian SSR,  or have  provided evidence  that at least one of               
their parents  or grandparents  was born  on said  territory, and               
provided that they are not citizens of another state;                           
     (3) Other persons who, up to and including the date of entry               
into force  of this  Law, have  been permanent  residents on  the               
territory of  the Republic  and have  here a  permanent place  of               
employment or  another constant  legal source  of  support;  such               
persons shall  freely choose  their citizenship  during two years               
following the entry into force of this Law; and                                 
     (4) Persons  who have acquired citizenship of the Lithuanian               
SSR under this Law.                                                             
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 2. Document Confirming Citizenship of the Lithuanian               
               SSR                                                              
                                                                                
     The passport of a citizen of the Lithuanian SSR shall be the               
document confirming citizenship of the Lithuanian SSR.                          
     The procedure  for issuing  the passport of a citizen of the               
Lithuanian  SSR  shall  be  established  by  the  Lithuanian  SSR               
Citizen's Passport  Regulations, which  shall be  approved by the               
Supreme Soviet of the Lithuanian SSR.                                           
     Persons referred  to in  paragraphs 1, 2, and 3 of Article 1               
of this Law who wish to ac-quire the passport of a citizen of the               
Lithuanian SSR,  shall sign a pledge to the Republic promising to               
observe the  Constitution and  laws of the Lithuanian SSR, and to               
respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Lithuania.                 
     Persons, who  are 18  years of  age and over, and who within               
two years  from the date of entry into force of this Law have not               
applied for  the issuance  of a  passport for  a citizen  of  the               
Lithuanian SSR,  shall be  considered as  having not accepted the               
citizenship of the Lithuanian SSR.                                              
                                                                                
     Article 3. Legal Status of Citizens of the Lithuanian SSR                  
                                                                                
     Citizens  of  the  Lithuanian  SSR  shall  have  all  socio-               
economic, political,  and individual rights and freedoms that are               
provided and guaranteed by the Constitution of the Lithuanian SSR               
and other laws.                                                                 
     Only citizens  of the Lithuanian SSR shall have the right to               
elect and  be elected  to the  Soviets of  People's Deputies  and               
other  elective   state  bodies   according  to   the   procedure               
established by  law, to  be appointed  to various  offices in the               
bodies of state power and government, or to be elected judges and               
court assessors  of the  courts of the Lithuanian SSR, as well as               
to take part in referenda.    A citizen  of  the  Lithuanian  SSR               
must observe  the Constitution  and laws  of the  Lithuanian SSR,               
perform the  duties prescribed  thereby, protect the interests of               
the Lithuanian  SSR, contribute to the strengthening of its power               
and prestige, and be loyal to the Republic.                                     
                                                                                
     Article 4. Retaining Citizenship of the Lithuanian SSR upon                
               Marriage and Divorce                                             
                                                                                
     Marriage to  a foreign  national  or  to  a  person  without               
citizenship, contracted by a man or woman who is a citizen of the               
Lithuanian SSR, as well as dissolution of such marriage shall not               
change the citizenship of either spouse.                                        
                                                                                
     Article 5. Retaining Citizenship of the Lithuanian SSR                     
                                                                                
     Residence by  a citizen  of the  Lithuanian SSR in a foreign               
state shall  not by  itself result  in the loss of citizenship of               
the Lithuanian SSR.                                                             
                                                                                
     Article 6. Extradition of Citizens of the Lithuanian SSR is                
               not permitted                                                    
                                                                                
     A citizen  of the  Lithuanian SSR  may not  be extradited to               
another state.                                                                  
     Article 7. Granting Citizenship of the Lithuanian SSR by Way               
               of Exception                                                     
                                                                                
     By way  of exception, a person possessing the citizenship of               
another state may be granted citizenship of the Lithuanian SSR by               
the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Lithuanian SSR.                      
                                                                                
     Article 8. Foreign Nationals and Persons without Citizenship               
                                                                                
     In the  Lithuanian SSR,  persons possessing citizenship of a               
foreign state shall be recognised as foreign nationals.                         
     Persons who  are not  citizens of the Lithuanian SSR and who               
cannot provide  evidence that they are citizens of another state,               
shall be considered persons without citizen-ship.                               
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 9. Legal Status of Foreign Nationals and Persons                   
               without Citizenship                                              
                                                                                
     On the  territory of  the Lithuanian  SSR, foreign nationals               
and persons  without citizenship  must respect  and  observe  the               
Constitution and laws of the Lithuanian SSR.                                    
Rules applicable  to  foreigners  shall  be  applied  to  foreign               
nationals and  persons without citizenship residing or sojourning               
on the territory of the Lithuanian SSR, and such persons shall be               
guaranteed all  rights and freedoms established by law, including               
the right  to apply  to the courts and other state bodies for the               
protection of said rights.                                                      
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter 2                                           
                                                                                
           Acquiring Citizenship of the Lithuanian SSR                          
                                                                                
     Article 10. Ways of Acquiring Citizenship of the Lithuanian                
               SSR                                                              
                                                                                
     Citizenship of the Lithuanian SSR shall be acquired:                       
     (1) by birth;                                                              
     (2) by  accepting the  citizenship of the Lithuanian SSR (by               
naturalisation);                                                                
     (3) by voicing one's option or on other grounds, as provided               
by international treaties with the Lithuanian SSR; and                          
     (4) on other grounds provided by this Law.                                 
                                                                                
     Article 11. Citizenship of Children whose Parents are                      
               Citizens of the Lithuanian SSR                                   
                                                                                
     A child,  both of  whose parents at the moment of his or her               
birth were  citizens of the Lithuanian SSR, shall be a citizen of               
the Lithuanian  SSR regardless  of whether he or she  was born on               
the territory of the Lithuanian SSR, or beyond its borders.                     
                                                                                
     Article 12. Citizenship of Children One of Whose Parents is                
               a Citizen of the Lithuanian SSR                                  
                                                                                
     A child,  one of  whose parents  at the moment of his or her               
birth was  a citizen of the Lithuanian SSR, shall be a citizen of               
the Lithuanian SSR, if                                                          
     (1) he  or she  was born  on the territory of the Lithuanian               
SSR; or                                                                         
     (2) he  or she was born beyond the borders of the Lithuanian               
SSR, but at the moment of his or her birth both or one parent had               
a permanent place of residence on the territory of the Lithuanian               
SSR.                                                                            
     If at  the moment  of the  child's birth  one parent  was  a               
citizen of  the Lithuanian  SSR, and both parents had a permanent               
place of  residence beyond the borders of the Lithuanian SSR, the               
child's  citizenship   shall  be   established  by  the  parents'               
agreement.                                                                      
     A child,  one of  whose parents  at the moment of his or her               
birth was  a citizen  of the Lithuanian SSR, and the other parent               
was either  a person  without citizenship  or unknown, shall be a               
citizen of  the Lithuanian  SSR regardless of his or her place of               
birth.                                                                          
                                                                                
     Article 13. Acquiring Citizenship of the Lithuanian SSR by                 
               Children Whose Parents are Persons without                       
               Citizenship                                                      
                                                                                
     A child,  whose parents  are persons without citizenship and               
permanent residents  in Lithuania,  shall acquire  citizenship of               
the Lithuanian SSR.                                                             
                                                                                
     Article 14. Citizenship of Children Whose Parents are                      
               Unknown                                                          
                                                                                
     A child  found on  the territory of the Lithuanian SSR, both               
of whose  parents are  unknown, shall  be considered born on said               
territory and shall be a citizen of the Lithuanian SSR.                         
                                                                                
     Article 15. Conditions for Obtaining Citizenship of the                    
               Lithuanian SSR                                                   
                                                                                
     A  person,   upon  his   or  her  request,  may  be  granted               
citizenship of  the Lithuanian  SSR, provided he or she agrees to               
take the  oath to the Republic and meets the following conditions               
of citizenship:                                                                 
     (1) knows the Lithuanian language;                                         
     (2) for  the last  ten years  has had  a permanent  place of               
residence on the territory of the Lithuanian SSR;                               
     (3) has  a permanent place of employment or a constant legal               
source of support; and                                                          
     (4) knows  the basic  provisions of  the Constitution of the               
Lithuanian SSR.                                                                 
     Citizenship of the Lithuanian SSR shall not be granted to:                 
     (1) persons  who have  committed crimes  against humanity or               
acts of genocide;                                                               
     (2) persons  who have  been sentenced  to imprisonment for a               
serious and deliberate crime; and                                               
     (3) persons who are alcoholics or drug addicts.                            
                                                                                
     Article 16. Granting Citizenship of the Lithuanian SSR to                  
               Persons who has Contracted Marriage with a Citizen               
               of the Lithuanian SSR                                            
                                                                                
     A person,  who has contracted marriage with a citizen of the               
Lithuanian SSR,  and has  maintained one's  marital status during               
the last  year, shall  be granted  citizenship of  the Lithuanian               
SSR, provided he or she meets the conditions specified by Article               
15 of  this Law  (with the exception of paragraphs 2 and 3 of the               
first part).                                                                    
                                                                                
     Article 17. Oath to the Republic                                           
                                                                                
     Persons accepting  citizenship of  the Lithuanian  SSR shall               
take the following oath:                                                        
     "I (full  name), pledge to observe the Constitution and laws               
of the Republic, to respect the state sovereignty and territorial               
integrity of  the Lithuanian  SSR, its  state language,  culture,               
customs and  traditions, to  contribute to  the prosperity  of  a               
democratic Lithuanian state and to protect its interests."                      
     The oath to the Republic shall be administered in public, in               
a solemn  atmosphere, at  the Presidium  of the Supreme Soviet of               
the Lithuanian  SSR, or,  at its  behest,  at  regional  or  city               
Soviets of  People's Deputies  of the  Lithuanian SSR.  A  person               
accepting citizenship  of the Lithuanian SSR shall read aloud the               
text of the oath in the Lithuanian language and                                 
sign it.                                                                        
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter 3                                           
                                                                                
           Loss of Citizenship of the Lithuanian SSR,                           
    Restoration of Citizenship of the Lithuanian SSR and its                    
                            Retention                                           
                                                                                
     Article 18. Loss of Citizenship of the Lithuanian SSR                      
                                                                                
     Citizenship of the Lithuanian SSR shall be lost if:                        
     (1) a person renounces citizenship of the Lithuanian SSR ;                 
     (2) a  person is  deprived of  citizenship of the Lithuanian               
SSR; and                                                                        
     (3)  there  are  other  reasons  therefor,  as  provided  by               
international agreements with the Lithuanian SSR.                               
                                                                                
     Article 19. Renunciation of Citizenship of the Lithuanian                  
               SSR                                                              
                                                                                
     A citizen  of the  Lithuanian SSR  shall have  the right  to               
renounce citizenship of the Lithuanian SSR.                                     
     Renunciation of  citizenship of  the Lithuanian SSR shall be               
forbidden if  an action  has been  instituted against  the person               
asserting such  renunciation, or if a court sentence against such               
person has  come into  force, or  if the person's renunciation of               
citizenship of  the Lithuanian  SSR runs  counter to the security               
interests of the Lithuanian SSR.                                                
                                                                                
     Article 20. Deprivation of Citizenship of the Lithuanian SSR               
                                                                                
                                                                                
     A person  may be  deprived of  citizenship of the Lithuanian               
SSR on the decision of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the               
Lithuanian SSR.  A person shall be deprived of citizenship of the               
Lithuanian SSR, if he or she:                                                   
     (1)  acquired   citizenship  of   the  Republic  by  forging               
documents, or by some other fraud;                                              
     (2) committed very grave offences against the Republic;                    
     (3) took  employment in  another state without the knowledge               
and permission  of the  competent state  bodies of the Lithuanian               
SSR; and                                                                        
     (4) committed  crimes against  humanity or acts of genocide,               
as provided by international law.                                               
                                                                                
     Article 21. Restoration of Citizenship of the Lithuanian SSR               
                                                                                
     A person  who has  lost citizenship  of the  Lithuanian  SSR               
pursuant to paragraphs 1 and 3 of Article 18 of this Law, may, at               
his or  her request, have his or her citizenship re-stored, if at               
the  moment   of  filing   the  application  for  restoration  of               
citizenship the  person is  residing  on  the  territory  of  the               
Lithuanian SSR,  and provided  he or  she meets the conditions of               
citizenship specified  in  Article  15  of  this  Law  (with  the               
exception of paragraphs 2 and 3 of the first part).                             
                                                                                
     Article 22. Retention of the Right to Citizenship of the                   
               Lithuanian SSR                                                   
                                                                                
     The right  to citizenship  of the  Lithuanian SSR  shall  be               
retained for  persons who  were deported  from the  territory  of               
Lithuania or  left it  on or about 1940 or thereafter, as well as               
for children and grandchildren of such persons.                                 
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter 4                                           
                                                                                
 Citizenship of Children upon the Change of Parents' Citizenship                
                                                                                
     Article 23. Change of Children's Citizenship when both                     
               Parents Change their Citizenship                                 
                                                                                
     If both  parents acquire  citizenship of the Lithuanian SSR,               
or if  both parents  lose it,  citizenship of  children under  14               
years of age shall change accordingly.                                          
                                                                                
     Article 24.  Acquisition of Citizenship of the Lithuanian                  
               SSR by Children in the Event of Acquisition of                   
               Citizenship of the Lithuanian SSR by one of the                  
               Parents                                                          
                                                                                
     If one  of the parents accepts citizenship of the Lithuanian               
SSR, whereas  the other  parent retains  citizenship  of  another               
state, the  child of  such parents may acquire citizenship of the               
Lithuanian SSR on the application of both parents.                              
     If one of the parents acquires citizenship of the Lithuanian               
SSR,  whereas   the  other   parent  remains   a  person  without               
citizenship, the  child of such parents residing on the territory               
of the Lithuanian SSR shall acquire citizenship of the Lithuanian               
SSR.                                                                            
     If one of the parents acquires citizenship of the Lithuanian               
SSR,  whereas   the  other   parent  remains   a  person  without               
citizenship, the  child of  such  parents,  residing  beyond  the               
borders of  the Lithuanian  SSR, may  acquire citizenship  of the               
Lithuanian SSR  on the application of the parent who has acquired               
citizenship of the Lithuanian SSR.                                              
                                                                                
     Article 25. Retention of Citizenship of the Lithuanian SSR                 
               by Children if One of the Parents Loses                          
               Citizenship of the Lithuanian SSR                                
                                                                                
     If one  of the  parents loses  citizenship of the Lithuanian               
SSR, whereas the other parent is a citizen of the Lithuanian SSR,               
the child  of  such  parents  shall  retain  citizenship  of  the               
Lithuanian SSR until he or she is 14 years of age.                              
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 26. Consent of Children Is Necessary for Changing                  
               Their Citizenship                                                
     If the  parents change  their  citizenship,  citizenship  of               
their children  who are 14 to 18 years of age may be changed only               
upon the children's written consent.                                            
                                                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter 5                                           
                                                                                
 Procedure for Resolving Issues on Citizenship of the Lithuanian                
                               SSR                                              
                                                                                
     Article 27. Filing Applications and Motions on Issues                      
               Concerning Citizenship of the Lithuanian SSR                     
                                                                                
     Issues  concerning   the  granting  of  citizenship  of  the               
Lithuanian SSR,  renunciation of  citizenship of  the  Lithuanian               
SSR, and  restoration of  citizenship of the Lithuanian SSR shall               
be considered  upon a  written application  filed by  the  person               
concerned. A  copy of that person's birth certificate, as well as               
certifications  regarding   that  person's   permanent  place  of               
residence and  employment (occupation)  must be  appended to  the               
application for the granting of citizenship.                                    
     Applications of  persons who  are  under  18  years  of  age               
concerning the  granting of  citizenship of  the Lithuanian  SSR,               
renunciation of citizenship of the Lithuanian SSR, or restoration               
of citizenship  of the  Lithuanian SSR  shall be  filed  by  such               
persons' legal representatives.                                                 
     Applications concerning  the granting  of citizenship of the               
Lithuanian SSR,  renunciation of  citizenship of  the  Lithuanian               
SSR, or restoration of citizenship of the Lithuanian SSR, as well               
as  motions   concerning  deprivation   of  citizenship   of  the               
Lithuanian SSR shall be addressed to the Presidium of the Supreme               
Soviet of  the Lithuanian  SSR and  filed  with  the  appropriate               
regional or city Soviet of People's Deputies.                                   
     Persons residing  in another  state and  having the right to               
acquire  citizenship  of  the  Lithuanian  SSR  shall,  in  cases               
specified by  this Law,  file an  application with  a  diplomatic               
mission of  the Lithuanian SSR, or send such application directly               
to the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Lithuanian SSR.                   
                                                                                
     Article 28. Citizenship Committee of the Presidium of the                  
               Supreme Soviet of the Lithuanian SSR                             
                                                                                
     A Citizenship  Committee for  preliminary  consideration  of               
issues concerning  citizen-ship of  the Lithuanian  SSR shall  be               
formed under  the auspices of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet               
of the Lithuanian SSR.                                                          
     The  composition  of  the  Citizenship  Committee  shall  be               
approved by the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Lithuanian               
SSR.                                                                            
     The Committee shall have the right to invite to its meetings               
the person   whose citizenship is being considered, as well as to               
instruct state  and public  bodies and  organizations to express,               
within the  period prescribed by the Committee, their opinion and               
to present  all necessary  documents on the application or motion               
that is being considered by the Committee.                                      
     Meetings of  the Committee shall be operative if more than a               
half of the members take part therein.                                          
     Decisions of  the Committee  shall be  adopted  by  majority               
vote.                                                                           
     The Committee  shall submit  to the Presidium of the Supreme               
Soviet of  the Lithuanian  SSR a specific recommendation on every               
application and  motion.  The decisions of the Committee shall be               
registered in a protocol which shall be signed by all the members               
of the Committee participating in the meeting.                                  
                                                                                
     Article 29. Decisions on applications and motions concerning               
               citizenship of the Lithuanian SSR are made by the                
               Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Lithuanian                
               SSR.                                                             
                                                                                
     The Presidium  of the  Supreme Soviet  of the Lithuanian SSR               
shall issue  directives on granting citizenship of the Lithuanian               
SSR,  renunciation   of  citizenship   of  the   Lithuanian  SSR,               
restoration of citizenship of the Lithuanian SSR, and deprivation               
of citizenship  of the  Lithuanian  SSR.    In  cases  where  the               
application or  motion is  rejected, the Presidium of the Supreme               
Soviet  of   the  Lithuanian   SSR  shall  adopt  an  appropriate               
resolution.    A  directive   on  granting   citizenship  of  the               
Lithuanian SSR  shall be  adopted after  the person has taken the               
oath to the Republic.                                                           
                                                                                
     Article 30. Publication of Legal Acts on Citizenship of the                
               Lithuanian SSR                                                   
                                                                                
     Directives of  the Presidium  of the  Supreme Soviet  of the               
Lithuanian SSR  on granting  citizenship of  the Lithuanian  SSR,               
restoration of  citizenship of the Lithuanian SSR, or deprivation               
of citizenship  of the  Lithuanian SSR  shall be published in the               
Official Reports of the Lithuanian SSR.                                         
                                                                                
     Article 31. Renewed Applications and Motions Concerning                    
               Issues of Citizenship of the Lithuanian SSR                      
                                                                                
     A renewed application concerning the granting of citizenship               
of  the  Lithuanian  SSR,  renunciation  of  citizenship  of  the               
Lithuanian SSR,  or restoration  of citizenship of the Lithuanian               
SSR, as  well as motions concerning deprivation of citizenship of               
the Lithuanian  SSR shall  be considered  no sooner than one year               
after the adoption of the previous decision.                                    
                                                                                
     Article 32. Preparation of Documents Concerning Citizenship                
               of the Lithuanian SSR                                            
                                                                                
     Preparation  and   registration  of   documents   concerning               
citizenship of  the Lithuanian  SSR shall  be carried  out by the               
bodies under the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic.                  
                                                                                
     Article 33. Procedure for Considering Applications and                     
               Motions Concerning Issues of Citizenship of the                  
               Lithuanian SSR                                                   
                                                                                
     The  procedure  for  considering  applications  and  motions               
concerning issues  of citizenship  of the  Lithuanian SSR and for               
putting into effect adopted decisions shall be established by the               
Supreme Soviet of the Lithuanian SSR.                                           
                                                                                
                            Chapter 6                                           
                                                                                
                    International Agreements                                    
                                                                                
     Article 34. Application of International Agreements on                     
               Questions of Citizenship                                         
                                                                                
     If an international agreement to which the Lithuanian SSR is               
a party  prescribes rules  other than  those established  by this               
Law, the provisions of the international agreement shall prevail.               
                                                                                
                            Chapter 7                                           
                                                                                
                      Concluding Provisions                                     
                                                                                
     Article 35. Concluding Provisions                                          
                                                                                
     For two  years after  this Law  comes  into  force,  persons               
referred to  in Article  1 of  this Law  may, until  they  freely               
choose their  citizenship, avail  themselves of  the rights  of a               
citizen of the Lithuanian SSR.                                                  
     During the period prior to the full restoration of the state               
sovereignty of  Lithuania, citizens  of the  Lithuanian SSR shall               
also use passports of the [Union of Soviet Socialist Republics].                
     No provision in this Law shall be interpreted as binding any               
citizen of  the Lithuanian  SSR to the laws of any other state or               
to the law on citizenship established by said state.                            
     The Law  on Citizenship shall come into force on the date of               
its adoption,  and a two-year period shall be established for the               
Law's full implementation.                                                      
                                                                                
Vytautas Astrauskas                     Liudvikas Sabutis                       
                                                                                
Chairman                                Secretary                               
Supreme Soviet                          Supreme Soviet                          
Lithuanian Soviet                       Lithuanian Soviet                       
Socialist Republic                      Socialist Republic                      
                                                                                
                                                                                
3 November 1989                                                                 
No. XI-3329