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30 March 2021, 21:53

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More than 420,000 residents of LPR, DPR obtain fast track Russian citizenship - Kozenko

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LUGANSK, March 30 (Lugansk Media Centre) - More than 420,000 Donbass residents obtained fast track Russian citizenship, Russian lawmaker Andrey Kozenko who heads the Russia-Donbass Integration Committee wrote on his Facebook page.

“More than 420,000 residents of the LPR and the DPR have obtained Russian passports becoming full-fledged Russian citizens,” Kozenko said. “The process is running fast.”

The lawmaker said that thanks to the electronic queue system, Donbass Republics residents obtain Russian citizenship at a great rate. He thanked all those who “help organise this process.”

“Today, residents of the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics are Russian compatriots while those who obtained Russian citizenship are fully protected by Russian laws including security laws. It is no small matter given the ongoing armed Ukrainian aggression. Today, I’m truly happy that the Russian Federation pays special attention to the problems experienced by Donbass residents. I’m confident that Russia will be increasing this support,” Kozenko said.

He said that the LPR and the DPR are becoming Russian through “the granting of Russian citizenship to the Donbass Republics population.”

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. The Republic currently has such centres in all towns and districts. On April 24, 2020, Putin signed the law exempting Donbass Republics residents from paying the state fee for conferment of citizenship.

The first LPR residents obtained Russian passports under a simplified procedure on June 14, 2019. By the end of January 2021, the number of Donbass residents with Russian passports had exceeded 400,000.

LuganskMediaCentre — 30 March — Lugansk