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A man living in Ireland has been officially declared as stateless, after a row broke out over whether he was Lithuanian or from the Republic of Azerbaijan.

He's one of thousands of people left without a nationality after the break up of the former USSR.

Natig Sadygov was born in the former soviet union, but moved to Lithuania when he was a child and was granted citizenship there.

Lithuania later revoked his citizenship, claming he was from the Republic of Azerbaijan - a country which didn't exist when he left the USSR.

A Senior Solicitor with the Immigrant Council, Hilkka Becker, says without citizenship for either country, he was left without access to basic rights like social services, work or a passport:


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