17 April 2020, 18:31


100,000 LPR residents obtain fast-track Russian citizenship

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LUGANSK, April 17 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Russia has granted citizenship to nearly 100,000 Lugansk People’s Republic residents under a simplified procedure, LPR Head Leonid Pasechnik said.

“Nearly 100,000 LPR residents are now Russian citizens," he said in a statement published at the LPR Head official website.

Pasechnik welcomed Russian draft law exempting LPR residents from passport fees.

Russian lawmakers have passed the bill exempting Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics residents who seek Russian citizenship from paying the state fee.

According to the Duma's website the law has been endorsed in the first reading and in as a whole.

Earlier LPR and DPR residents had to pay state fee of 3.5 thousand rubles.

On April, 24, 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree easing citizenship rules for residents of the Lugansk People’s Republic and the Donetsk People’s Republic.

The Interior Ministry launched an electronic queue for LPR and Russian Federation passport applicants; as well as a call center for residents to check document status. Electronic queue registration for LPR and Russian passports and fingerprinting is available in all LPR towns and districts.

The first LPR residents received Russian passports under a simplified procedure on June 14, 2019. Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said that as of December 2019, some 125,000 DPR and LPR residents had been granted fast-track Russian citizenship.

LuganskMediaCentre — 17 April — Lugansk