Absent information to the contrary, SSA assumes that an individual born in Russia
(formerly, the Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic) is a Russian citizen.
Proof of current citizenship must be secured for any individual who:
moved to the Soviet Union before January 1992, and
claims to be a U.S. citizen (or national), or a citizen of a country other than Russia
and would meet an exception to the alien nonpayment provisions of the law based on
If the beneficiary is deceased and citizenship is material to the payment of the lump
sum death benefit or the underpayment, the evidence must show that the deceased beneficiary
retained that citizenship until his/her death, or if it was lost, when it was lost.