25 June 2020, 11:03


First group of LPR residents goes to Russia to vote on Constitution (PHOTOS)

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LUGANSK, June 25 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The first group of LPR citizens who have obtained Russian citizenship left Lugansk for the Donetsk and Novoshakhtinsk settlements in the Russian Federation’s Rostov region to vote on amendments to the RF Constitution.

LPR residents will board commuter buses to travel to Russia. A bus ride from Lugansk to Donetsk (Russia) costs 350 rubles.

Lugansk residents who went to Russia to vote said they were proud to participate in Russia’s pivotal event.

“I pride myself on becoming a Russian citizen and getting the opportunity to vote on Constitutional amendments,” Lugansk resident Anna Karasyova said. “I read the list of the amendments and I support them.”

Lugansk resident Marina said that she was was going to vote and that she was taking her son along.

“Of course, it’s important to us; we’re now Russian citizens,” she said.

Earlier, the LPR Infrastructure and Transport Ministry published the schedule of bus runs to Russian Federation’s Donetsk, Novoshakhtinsk, Gukovo and Krasniy Sulin towns for LPR residents who have obtained Russian citizenship and will travel to the above destinations to vote on Russian constitutional amendments.

The LPR Election Commission elaborated on the procedure for LPR residents who have Russian citizenship for going to Russia to vote on changes to the Russian Constitution.

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 centre for LPR residents seeking Russian citizenship opened in Lugansk on May 6. At present, the Republic currently has such centres in all towns and districts.

The Interior Ministry launched an electronic queue for LPR and Russian Federation passport applicants; as well as a call centre 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.

On April 24, 2020, Putin signed the law exempting Donbass Republics residents from paying the state fee for conferment of citizenship.

Pasechnik said that as of June 12, more than 110,000 residents had obtained fast track Russian citizenship.

LuganskMediaCentre — 25 June — Lugansk