Russia to simplify obtaining citizenship for Ukrainians, Belarusians as Russian language native speakers

Source : 112 Ukraine

The draft amendments to the law will be submitted to the State Duma of the Russian Federation
22:12, 19 October 2019
Russian passportization in Donbas
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The Russian government approved amendments to the law on citizenship, according to which citizens of Ukraine and Belarus can be recognized as native speakers of the Russian language without an interview and examination - just having filed the application. This was reported on the website of the Russian government.

Now the draft amendments to the law will be introduced in the State Duma of the Russian Federation. This will simplify the procedure of obtaining Russian citizenship for Ukrainians and Belarusians. Previously, only those people whose parents were constantly living in Russia or in the USSR (within the current border of the Russian Federation) could receive the status of a native speaker without an interview. The rest passed the exam.

The status of a native speaker of the Russian language allows a person to apply for Russian citizenship or a residence permit in a simplified manner.
On April 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree, according to which the procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship for residents of the occupied regions of Donetsk and Luhansk were simplified. Since May 3, the responsible authorities of the Russian Federation began to accept relevant applications.

Ukraine condemned the decision of the Russian president and stated that it would take action. So, on May 8, it became known that the Cabinet of Ministers decided to invalidate Russian passports issued to Ukrainians at two passport issuance points in the Rostov oblast.

On August 9, it was reported that European officials began to develop a “unified guide” on “identifying and possibly not recognizing” Russian passports issued to residents of certain regions of Donetsk and Luhansk (ORDLO) controlled by pro-Russian separatists.
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