23 June 2020, 14:57


LPR to resume runs to Russian passport centres on July 2 - Interior Ministry

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LUGANSK, June 23 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The Lugansk People’s Republic will resume bus runs to the Russian Federation for the Republic’s residents to collect their Russian passports starting July 2, the LPR Interior Ministry public relations department reported.

Earlier, LPR authorities suspended the transportation service because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

“We’re relaunching special runs to passport centres in Russia,” the public relations department said.

Call centre hotline 505 informs residents when they can collect their passport.

LPR Interior Ministry Migration Service offices continue to receive citizenship applications as usual, police said.

The World Health Organisation called the COVID-19 coronavirus infection a pandemic. The first coronavirus infection cases were recorded in China in late 2019.  As of now, the number of coronavirus contacts has exceeded 8.9 million; of those, over 468,000 have died. The LPR has confirmed 471 COVID-19 cases.

Earlier, LPR Head Leonid Pasechnik said that Russia had granted fast track citizenship to more than 110,000 LPR residents.

First deputy chairman of the Russian parliament committee on CIS affairs, Eurasian integration and relations with compatriots Viktor Vodolatsky said that nearly 190,000 residents of the Donbass Republics had obtained Russian citizenship under fast track procedure.

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. Some 100,000 residents had obtained obtained fast track Russian citizenship as of April 24.

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

LuganskMediaCentre — 23 June — Lugansk