Article 19. Name of the citizen.
1. A citizen acquires and exercises rights and obligations under his own name, including the surname and proper name, as well as the patronymic name, unless otherwise provided by law or national custom. In cases and in the manner prescribed by law, a citizen may use a pseudonym (a fictitious name). 2. A citizen has the right to change his name in the manner prescribed by law. A change of name by a citizen is not a basis for termination or change of his rights and obligations acquired under the same name. A citizen is obliged to take the necessary measures to notify his debtors and creditors about the change of his name and bears the risk of the consequences caused by the lack of information on the change of his name. A citizen who has changed his name shall have the right to demand the introduction of appropriate changes at his own expense in documents issued in his former name. 3. The name received by a citizen at birth, as well as the change of name shall be subject to registration in the manner prescribed for registration of acts of civil status. 4. The acquisition of rights and obligations under the name of another person is not allowed. 5. Harm caused to a citizen as a result of the unlawful use of his name shall be subject to compensation in accordance with this Code. If a citizen’s name is misused or used in ways or forms that affect his honor, dignity or business reputation, the rules provided for in Article 152 of this Code shall apply.
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