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5 March 2020, 15:44

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85,000 residents obtain fast-track Russian citizenship - LPR Interior Ministry

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LUGANSK, March 5 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Russia has granted citizenship to more than 85,000 Lugansk People’s Republic residents under a simplified procedure, LPR Interior Minister Igor Kornet told reporters.

“As many as 85,313 LPR residents are now Russian citizens; some 15,000 applicants are awaiting the decision,” Kornet said. “I’m sure the process won’t be delayed.”

“The procedure has been perfected thanks to close cooperation and complete mutual understanding with the Russian Interior Ministry. All issues are quickly resolved on the spot,” he added.

“As of yesterday, more than 101,000 citizenship application packages have been passed to Russian Migration Service offices. These documents are now being processed; the process does not stop even for a day,” the minister said. “Every day, ten to eleven buses take 50 passengers each to Russia to collect their passports.”

Following the Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decree on simplified Russian citizenship procedure for LPR and DPR residents, the LPR Ministry has been putting in colossal work.

The LPR Migration Service opened branches in densely populated areas of Lugansk and hired more staff. The LPR town and municipal administrations launched Russian citizenship application centers.

The Republic is currently operating 29 such centers.

Earlier, the LPR Interior Ministry public relations center reported that in 2019, the Migration Service had accepted Russian citizenship application documents from more than 80,000 residents.

LPR Infrastructure and Transport Minister Alexander Basov said that LPR transporters had taken more than 73,000 residents to Russian passport offices in the period from June 2019 to January 28, 2020.

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. LPR Head Leonid Pasechnik thanked Russia for this move and ordered the ministries concerned to create the necessary conditions for accepting  residents’ Russian citizenship application documents. The first center for LPR residents seeking Russian citizenship opened in Lugansk on May 6.

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 — 05 March — Lugansk