The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine (GPU) investigates massive issuance of Hungarian, Romanian, Polish and Russian passports to the citizens of western regions and temporarily occupied territories of Luhansk and Donetsk regions. Pechersk District Court of Kyiv provided access to original documents of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), which make the state secret, to the Military Prosecutor’s Office, as the court reported.
According to the court, the Military Prosecutor’s Office will get access to incoming and outgoing documents from Defense Ministry, State Border Guard Service, Foreign Intelligence Service, Security Service, Interior Ministry and other state bodies from April 7, 2019, until September 26, 2019. The documents sent by the NSDC to the President’s Office, Cabinet of Ministers and central bodies of the executive branch and law enforcement bodies will be also checked. The prosecutor’s office is interested in the documents concerning the mass issuance of passports.
Moreover, the prosecutors are interested in the NSDC order to hold research and analytical studies of issuance of the foreign passports, written permissions and protocols of sessions.
The decision of the court will act 30 days and cannot be appealed. If the regulation is not fulfilled; the NSDC will be searched.
On April 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree which facilitates the procedure of obtaining Russian citizenship for the residents of the occupied regions of Donetsk and Luhansk (ORDLO). According to the document, the application for Russia’s citizenship, which ORDLO residents file should be considered within three months.