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MOSCOW, July 1. /TASS/. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has said he plans to ask the lower house of parliament to relax requirements for obtaining Russian citizenship for the residents of Moldova’s breakaway region Transdniestria born after 1991.
"I hope we will soon request the State Duma on the issue of what changes on citizenship are needed so that the residents of Transdniestria, who were born after 1991, could expect to get the Russian citizenship," Rogozin told the government hour in the lower house.
The lack of such a provision in the Russian law now pushes these people to obtain the Moldovan, Romanian and Bulgarian citizenship which is easily granted to them, Rogozin explained. "We believe this situation is wrong," he said.
Transdniestria, a largely Russian-speaking region, broke away from Moldova following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Its relations with Moldova’s central government in Chisinau have been highly mixed and extremely tense at times ever since then. In 1992 and 1993, the tensions erupted into a bloody armed conflict that claimed the lives of hundreds of people on both sides.