On Tuesday, the Tverskoy District Court in Moscow ruled that Gozman’s remark violated the law.
Gozman, a vocal critic of the Kremlin’s campaign in Ukraine, left Russia early on but returned in June in what he described as a “moral” choice.
Russia’s Justice Ministry has listed him as a “foreign agent,” a description that carries strong derogatory meaning and implies additional government scrutiny.
He was briefly detained by police in July after the Russian Interior Ministry issued an arrest warrant for him while investigating a criminal case against him.
Gozman was charged with violating the law that requires Russian citizens to notify authorities of a foreign citizenship or residence permit. Gozman said he informed authorities of his Israeli citizenship, but they claimed he did not do so within the required time frame.
The investigation in this case is still ongoing and Gozman could be fined or given community service if found guilty.