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1 October 2020, 13:05

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Over 150,000 residents obtain fast track Russian citizenship - LPR Head

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LUGANSK, October 1 (Lugansk Media Centre) - More than 150,000 Lugansk People’s Republic residents have obtained fast track Russian citizenship, LPR Head Leonid Pasechnik said.

“Russian passports have been issued to more than 150,000 residents of our Republic,” Pasechnik said. “The number of people seeking to obtain Russian or LPR citizenship has not decreased as applications show.”

Civil officers and the Republic’s leadership are doing everything to make sure that “the process of obtaining passports of the Russian Federation and the Lugansk People’s Republic” is simple, efficient and affordable to the maximum extent,” he added.

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 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. By early August 2020, more than 124,000 LPR residents had obtained fast track Russian citizenship.

LuganskMediaCentre — 01 October — Lugansk