LUGANSK, August 7 (Lugansk Media Centre) – LPR Interior Minister has issued the 500,000th Republican passport to a Stakhanov miner, the Lugansk Media Center correspondent says.
Yury Gutsol has become the owner of the 500,000th LPR passport. He has been working in a mine for the most part of his life. The pensioner was also a TV set as a present.
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.
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.