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The Kremlin is planning to allow the residents of the breakaway Donetsk and Lugansk national republics (DND and LNR) to obtain Russian citizenship in a simplified manner. About it reports “Kommersant”, citing unnamed sources in the Russian government agencies.
According to one of interlocutors of the edition, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin after the second round of elections in Ukraine, scheduled for April 21, will sign the corresponding decree. Another source also confirmed that the issue is fully developed, and it remains only to sign the document, which will give the residents of the unrecognized republics such law.
The head of the Duma Committee on CIS Affairs Leonid Kalashnikov said that the decree can be signed immediately after the election, unless there is a need to see how the new President, if it appears, do anything to resolve the situation in the East of Ukraine. Kalashnikov also said that earlier, a law was passed that gave the President the right to define the categories of foreigners who can obtain Russian citizenship through a simplified procedure. The relevant amendments, the state Duma introduced to the Federal law “On citizenship of the Russian Federation”.
RBC with reference to its sources reports that, according to the plan, residents of the DNI and LC will be able to receive Russian passports without the required examinations and the requirement to stay in the country for more than five years. It is assumed that the basic condition of change of nationality are certificates of the LC and the DNI and surrender Ukrainian passports.
In December 2018 it was reported that the residents of Donbass allowed to stay in Russia for 180 days instead of 90. The period of continuous stay in the country with the date of each entry is increased in accordance with the Federal law “On legal status of foreign citizens in the Russian Federation”.
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