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State Duma simplifies issuance of Russian citizenship to Ukrainians

The law will come into force in 90 days after the official publication
18:08, 18 December 2018

TASS

The State Duma, the lower chamber of the Russian Parliament has adopted the law, according to which the Russian president is authorized to “define the categories of the foreign citizens in humanitarian purposes, which have the right for the acquisition of citizenship in the simplified order”. The press service of Russia's State Duma reported that.

“The amendments to the Law “On the citizenship of the Russian Federation” were supported by all parliamentary groups of the State Duma in the third, final reading at the plenary session on Tuesday, December 18. The law empowers the President of Russia with the right to define the categories of the foreigners, which have the rights for the acquisition of the Russian citizenship in the simplified order,” the message said.

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According to the authors of the document, the law allows to grant the citizenship in the simplified regime to the people from the states “with difficult social-political and economic situation, where the armed conflicts or changes of political regimes take place”. Moreover, the amendments simplify the granting of the Russian citizenship to the fellow countrymen. According to the new rules, they can file the applications for the citizenship not based on the place of registration as it was before, but based on the place of stay.

“First of all, these amendments will allow President Vladimir V. Putin to support our fellow countrymen in Ukraine. Millions of people became the hostages of the political adventurism of Petro Poroshenko, who is ready for any steps to preserve his personal power – from the military provocation up to the division of Church and persecution of the religious people,” Vyacheslav Volodin, the Chairman of the State Duma claimed.

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The law will come into force in 90 days after the official publication.

As we reported, 39,582 citizens of Ukraine were granted the Russian citizenship in 2018. Since January 2018 until June 2018, 39,582 citizens of Ukraine were granted the Russian citizenship (if accepted, restored or recognized).

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