Former Soviet and Russian hockey player Pavel Bure explained today why he renounced his US citizenship last year, the National News Service, or NNS, reported earlier today.
“I’ve never told anyone about this,” Bure said. “Am I supposed to tell everyone? I’ve been working in North America since 1991 but I’ve always said that Russia and Moscow are my home. I’ve been living in Moscow with my family for the last six years. I simply don’t need a US passport, I have everything I need right here.”
His renunciation, which Bure said he decided on in 2016, was made public today.
The forward played in the NHL for over 12 seasons and won Olympic silver and bronze medals as part of the Russian national hockey team in 1998 and 2002, respectively. Bure was also part of the Soviet national hockey team that won a world championship in 1990.