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Passport offices in Rostov region, which should give Russian passports to residents of the breakaway Donetsk and Lugansk national republics (DND and LNR) do not work, reports “New newspaper”.
The journalists visited two companies in the village of Pokrovskoe near Taganrog and Novoshakhtinsk border. Both the passport office was closed. Guard at the site the crew of the police and employees of Regardie. “Well, Yes, writing, that [the passport office] working. But it is not working. When the start — do not know” — said one of them.
It is reported that the Donetsk people have to wait weeks for their turn to apply for a passport, DNI, whose presence has become a prerequisite for obtaining Russian citizenship. The inhabitants of the Republic in advance are recorded in a special notebook, get a number and wait their turn. In order not to lose your place, you need every morning to come to the passport office to check in.
A queue is not only in local passport offices, but also in Russian. “The trouble is that the Russian [passport] shorter. If it would fit, but the passports of DNR I don’t get, will have to borrow again,” — said the source publication.
13 may, the Minister of labour of Russia Maxim Topilin said that residents DND and LNR, which will take Russian citizenship, to receive Russian pensions will need to register on the territory of the country. According to estimates by The Bell, the results of social benefits and pensions to residents of the breakaway republics will cost Russia 100 billion rubles annually.
On 24 April the President of Russia Vladimir Putin has approved the issuance of Russian passports to residents of the breakaway DNR and LC in a simplified manner. The head of state noted that this measure is of a purely humanitarian nature and is not intended to create problems for the Ukrainian authorities. Later Putin said it is considering to simplify the issuing of Russian citizenship for all Ukrainians.
The idea of Putin in April criticized the current President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky, who then said that a Russian passport provides the right “to be arrested for peaceful protest”, “don’t have free and competitive elections” and forget about the rights and freedoms of the individual.
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