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MOSCOW, February 28. /ITAR-TASS/. A Just Russia party members have submitted on Friday two draft bills aimed at creating a legal basis to support Ukrainian citizens if they apply for Russian citizenship. The documents are registered in the lower house's database.
The first document changes the federal constitutional law on admission of a new member to the Russian Federation. Its current version stipulates that a foreign state or its part may be joined to the Russian Federation only in case there is an international agreement between Russia and the state.
A Just Russia's amendments allow joining a part of a foreign state to Russia without such an agreement, but if residents of the territory vote for it at a referendum or its legitimate power structure applies to Russia.
According to Mizulina, the adoption of the draft law will create additional legal guarantees to prevent any violent actions on national, ethnic or religious intolerance grounds, without violating the principle of non-interference in internal affairs of another state.
The second draft law, aimed at supporting Ukrainian people, introduces a simplified procedure to grant Russian citizenship to Ukrainian people, removing the requirements to reside in Russia's territory, have a legal source of incomes, give up Ukrainian citizenship and pay a duty. The period to receive citizenship is reduced from a year to two months.
The adoption of the draft law will allow Ukrainian citizens who do not want to be subject to assimilation to retain their ethnic, cultural, language and religious identity, the explanatory note to the initiative says.
On Thursday, A Just Russia's leader Sergei Mironov told Itar-Tass that a consolidated draft law would be submitted to the State Duma on Friday, February 28, on a simplified procedure to receive Russian citizenship for Ukrainians. "It will apply only to Ukrainian citizens," the politician noted.
Mironov said the draft law would be submitted by A Just Russia members and expressed confidence that the rest would support it."These laws may be compared with a lighthouse on the shore for those lost in the sea they give hope," Mizulina said.
When speaking about the planned submission of the draft laws earlier on Friday, Yemelyanov noted A Just Russia members believed it was necessary to preserve Ukraine's integrity. It depended not only on Russia, but also on activities of politicians who had come into power in Ukraine, he noted.
With the deep split in the Ukrainian society, the only way to retain the unity is creating a federation. "We hope the politicians' common sense will prevail and such a state system will be chosen that will respect the rights of all citizens of the country," he noted.