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 DPR 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 Russian citizens living in the republic to participate in the elections of deputies to the State Duma of the Russian Federation; they are as well informed on this issue as “ordinary citizens of Russia.”
According to Pushilin, the Russians of 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 said that the issue is purely humanitarian in nature, Russia 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 passports of the Russian Federation according to a simplified scheme on June 14, 2019.