Doppio Axel is an Italian figure skating magazine, which has a facebook account.
They recently announced on facebook that Ivan Bariev, who competed for Russia, intends to skate for Italy:
With the help of Google translate:Ivan Bariev sceglie l'Italia! Il 22enne nato a Mosca da madre russa e padre italiano ha manifestato alla Federazione Italiana Sport del ghiaccio la propria intenzione di pattinare per l'Italia a partire dalla prossima stagione.
Ma molte altre novità si prospettano all'orizzonte della nuova importantissima stagione olimpica! Sul nuovo numero di Doppio Axel maggiori informazioni! Continuate a seguirci!
If his father is Italian, as the article says, citizenship should not be an issue.Ivan Bariev choose Italy! The 22 year old, who was born in Moscow to a Russian mother and an Italian father, has informed the Italian Federation of Sport of his intention to ice skate for Italy from next season.
But many other innovations lie ahead on the horizon of the new and important Olympic season! The new issue of Double Axel has more information! Stay tuned!
Although he can't qualify for the Olympics in men's, since he last skated for Russia at Cup of Nice in October 2012, finishing fifth, I think he should be able to skate for Italy in the Olympics for the Team event, would he not?
Italy has Cappellini & LaNotte, Berton & Hotarek, and, of course, Carolina Kostner, so they will surely qualify for the team event.
The biggest problem for Bariev is getting a release from the Russian federation, I would think?