Almost 530 thousand residents of the uncontrolled part of Donetsk and Luhansk regions received a passport in a simplified manner in two years. This was reported in the press center of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, reports TASS.
"Since the beginning of the implementation of the presidential decree of April 24, 2019 ... more than 527 thousand persons permanently residing in certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine have acquired Russian citizenship," the message says.
According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, almost 2 000 Ukrainians in the occupied Donbas refused to acquire Russian citizenship.
40% of the applications were rejected due to the fact that people "had restrictions on entry to Russia due to administrative expulsion, deportation, readmission" or "in connection with the decision taken in respect of them about the undesirability of staying in the Russian Federation."
A third of those who have been denied citizenship have an unexpunged or outstanding criminal record.
A quarter of applicants for Russian citizenship were not given due to the fact that they "advocated a violent change in the foundations of the constitutional order of Russia and pose a threat to security."
Earlier Russia simplified the issuance of passports of the Russian Federation for residents of Donbas. Ukraine calls such passports illegal.