MOSCOW, March 16 – RIA Novosti. More than half a million Russian citizens will be living in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic by September, DPR head Denis Pushilin said in an interview with Parlamentskaya Gazeta.
He noted that today more than 224 thousand people in the unrecognized republic have already received Russian citizenship.
“At the current pace of issuing passports, by September more than half a million Russian citizens will live in the Donbass republics,” said Pushilin.
The head of the DPR stressed that it is very important for the Russians living in the republic to participate in the elections of the State Duma deputies; they are as well informed on this issue as “ordinary citizens of Russia.”
According to Pushilin, the Russians in Donbass really want polling stations during the elections to be in the territories of the DPR and LPR.
“To say that this is a very patriotic electorate is to say nothing. What for many Russians is a civic duty, for our people is a long-awaited and expensive involvement in determining the fate of their Fatherland,” Pushilin emphasized.
On April 24, 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the simplified receipt of Russian passports by residents of the self-proclaimed LPR and DPR. He stated that the issue is purely humanitarian in nature, Moscow has no desire to create problems for Kiev, but the situation with civil rights in Donbass is overstepping borders. Less than a week later, Russian Passport Issuance Centers were opened in the Rostov Region. Residents of the LPR and DPR received the first documents under a simplified scheme on June 14, 2019.