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- into Russian: Майк Гогулски. Translation complete.
Submitted for translation by anarchofront 15.05.2012
Published 4 years, 9 months ago.
Michael Jude Gogulski (born 8 August 1972) is a stateless political activist and freelance translator. He is one of two former Americans known to have voluntarily become stateless after renouncing their citizenship, the other being World Service Authority founder Garry Davis.
Gogulski's grandparents emigrated to the U.S. in the 19th century; his paternal grandparents from near Poznań, Poland and his maternal grandparents from Germany. Gogulski was born in Phoenix, Arizona, but his family moved to Orlando, Florida soon after due to his father's job as an electromechanical engineer. He has a younger sister, Karen. He entered university in Orlando in 1990 to study computer science, but lost interest and discontinued his studies; nevertheless, he went on to a ten-year career as a system administrator.
Gogulski's father died in 2001. In 2004, Gogulski left the U.S. to teach English in Eastern Europe. He eventually ended up in Bratislava, Slovakia, where he became a translator, proofreader, and editor.
Renunciation of citizenship
Gogulski renounced his citizenship in December 2008, though the Federal Register did not publish his name as required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (which amended Internal Revenue Code § 6039G to require such publication) until February 2011. He was living in Slovakia at the time. He stated that he renounced his citizenship in order to repudiate a system that he felt was the source of many wrongs in the world. The Slovak authorities issued a stateless person's travel document to him. He thus needs a United States visa in order to visit his mother, but he suspects that he would be unable to obtain one. He states that he is eligible to apply for Slovak citizenship, but prefers to remain stateless.
Gogulski is the founder of the Bradley Manning Support Network, which has organised protests in support of Bradley Manning (who is accused of giving classified documents to WikiLeaks) and raised $50,000 to fund his legal defense.
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* NoState.com, Mike Gogulski's blog
* Gogulski's television interview with RT News
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