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Zaporizhzhia and Kherson residents to be given Russian citizenship through a simplified procedure

Source: Meduza

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an executive order facilitating a simplified process by which residents of Ukraine’s Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions will be given Russian citizenship. The document was published on the Russian government’s official legal information portal.

The order makes additions to the text of the document by which the Russian authorities simplified the citizenship process for residents of the Donetsk and Luhansk “People’s Republics” in 2019. Specifically, it stipulates that citizenship applications of residents of these territories should be reviewed in less than three months.

The order has already taken effect.

  • After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions came under Russian military control. Representatives of the regions’ “new administrations” have stated in the past that they will seek to become a part of Russia. The Russian authorities, for their part, have promised that the regions will take their “rightful place in our Russian family.”
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