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Putin signs decree easing citizenship rules for residents of certain Ukrainian regions

April 24, 15:30 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The decree will apply to the residents of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Lugansk regions

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MOSCOW, April 24. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree, which makes it possible for residents of certain regions of southeastern Ukraine to obtain Russian citizenship under a simplified procedure. The document has been published on the Kremlin’s website.

"Individuals permanently residing in certain areas of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Lugansk regions have the right to apply for Russian citizenship under a simplified procedure," the decree reads. According to the document, the decision has been made "in order to protect human rights and freedoms" based on generally accepted international laws.

The decree points out that residents of certain Ukrainian regions applying for Russian citizenship need to provide a number of documents, including passports. Their applications are to be processed within a period not exceeding three months.

Russia’s Interior Ministry, Foreign Ministry, Federal Security Service (FSB) and National Guard have been instructed to take measures to ensure the decree’s implementation.

The decree has entered into force on the day of its publication.

Simplified citizenship rules

On March 29, 2019, a new law came into effect in Russia, which mandates the country’s president to determine groups of foreign nationals eligible to obtain Russian citizenship under a simplified procedure.

According to the citizenship law, those eligible to apply for Russian citizenship under a simplified procedure have neither to receive residence permits nor to continuously reside in Russia for five years.

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