Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, May 25, amended the decree of April 24, 2019 on the simplified obtaining of Russian passports. The corresponding document was published on the Russian official Internet portal of legal information.
From today, the decree applies not only to persons living in the "L/DPR", but also to citizens from Zaporizhzhia and Kherson Oblasts of Ukraine.
A simplified procedure involves acquiring Russian citizenship:
- without residing in Russia for five years after obtaining a residence permit;
- without proof of livelihood;
- without confirmation of Russian language skills.
The so-called "authorities" of Crimea have already stated that, if necessary, it can organize a Center for issuing Russian passports for residents of the Zaporizhzhia and Kherson Oblasts on its territory.
Context. Recall that on April 24, 2019, Putin signed the same decree for residents of the occupied parts of Donbas and Luhansk Oblasts. Immediately after that, Moscow started the forced passportization of residents of ORDLO (temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine).
On July 24, 2020, a law came into force that simplifies obtaining a Russian passport. for citizens of Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Moldova permanently residing in Russia. Prior to that, in March 2020, Putin signed a law recognizing Ukrainians and Belarusians as native Russian speakers and exempting them from a special citizenship exam.