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28 January 2021, 16:29

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Over 400,000 Donbass residents obtain fast track Russian citizenship - Russian lawmaker

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LUGANSK, January 28 (Lugansk Media Centre) - More than 400,000 Donbass residents obtained fast track Russian citizenship, Russian lawmaker Andrey Kozenko, coordinator of the Russia-Donbass Integration Committee, said at the “Russian Donbass” integration forum in Donetsk.

“Russia recognises documents issued in the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics, under decisions by Russian President Vladimir Putin,” Kozenko said. “DPR and LPR citizens were given the right to obtain Russian citizenship under a simplified procedure, and more than 400,000 people have enjoyed that right.”

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 the conferment of citizenship.

The first LPR residents received Russian passports under a simplified procedure on June 14, 2019; by early October 2020, their number had increased to 150,000.

 

LuganskMediaCentre — 28 January — Lugansk