LUGANSK, August 7 (Lugansk Media Centre) – Russia has granted citizenship to more than 124,000 Lugansk People’s Republic residents under a simplified procedure, head of the LPR Migration Service Department of the Interior Ministry Andrey Golodok said.
“More than 124,000 LPR residents have become Russian citizens; 146,000 applications have been received and forwarded to Russia for review," he said.
The documents were accepted even during the pandemic, the process did not stop for a day."
On April, 24, 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree easing citizenship rules for residents of the Lugansk People’s Republic and the Donetsk People’s Republic.
The Interior Ministry launched an electronic queue for LPR and Russian Federation passport applicants; as well as a call center for residents to check document status. Electronic queue registration for LPR and Russian passports and fingerprinting is available in all LPR towns and districts.
The first LPR residents received Russian passports under a simplified procedure on June 14, 2019. Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said that as of December 2019, some 125,000 DPR and LPR residents had been granted fast-track Russian citizenship.