President of Russia Vladimir Putin signed the law, which releases Ukrainians and Belarusians who are fluent in Russian, from a special exam for obtaining of citizenship as Kremlin reported.
The president signed the Federal law On amendment of Article 331 of the Federal law On citizenship of the Russian Federation.
“The Federal law established the possibility to recognize the citizens of the Republic of Belarus and Ukraine, who are fluent in Russian, as the native speakers of the Russian language without passing the interview in case of presence of the grounds,” the law says.
Earlier, the State Duma of Russia adopted the bill on the possibility of the abolishing of interviews for the citizens of Ukraine and Belarus during the obtaining of the status of native speakers of Russian.
As we reported, Russian passports were given to 227,000 inhabitants of the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions in 2019.
Besides, 229,422 Ukrainians received Russian citizenship last year.