Russia stated that residents of the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, who received Russian passports, would participate in the 2021 elections to the State Duma. This was stated by First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Issues of the Commonwealth of Independent States Viktor Vodolatsky, as Donbas News reported.
"State Duma deputy Viktor Vodolatsky stated that more than 600,000 residents of some Luhansk and Donetsk regions have already received Russian citizenship in a simplified way," the statement said.
At the same time, the self-proclaimed "Donbas People's Republic authorities" stated that Donbas residents with Russian passports "along with all Russian citizens can influence the political life of Russia, determine the directions of its further development, exercising their right to vote."
As it was reported earlier, as of the beginning of May, almost 600,000 Ukrainian citizens received the Russian passports. Primarily, the documents were given to local authorities, teachers, doctors.
It was also reported that in Crimea, the occupying authorities forced teachers, other school workers, and members of their families to register for "all-Russian online voting test before the Russian State Duma elections." In case of refusal, the occupying authorities threatened them with dismissal.