Court reject family's bid to change Russian-sounding surname


April 26, 2023

BERLIN (AP) — A court in Germany has rejected a married couple's request to legally change their Russian-sounding surname due to negative repercussions they said they had experienced since the start of the war in Ukraine.

The couple had sought to force officials in the southwest German state of Rhineland Palatinate to authorize the change, claiming that they and their daughter had suffered in their daily lives because of their last name.

The regional administrative court in Koblenz did not provide the couple's surname in line with German privacy rules.

The court said Tuesday that judges dismis...

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