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Putin squeezes Zelensky: Russia grants fast track citizenship to East Ukrainians (Video)

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss Russia decision to extend fast track to citizenship to Ukrainian people living in the East regions of the Donbas.

As Ukraine’s new president Volodymyr Zelensky has yet to come to terms with the myriad of complex problems facing the country he now rules over, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a controversial decree, which allows people living in the of eastern Ukraine to apply for Russian citizenship under a simplified procedure.

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Via RT…

More Ukrainian citizens will be eligible to apply for Russian citizenship under a fast-track procedure starting Wednesday. Moscow and Kiev have been verbally sparring over the issue for a week now.

Last Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree, which allowed people living in rebel-held parts of eastern Ukraine to apply for Russian citizenship under a simplified procedure. The move was justified by humanitarian reasons, Moscow explained, but Kiev denounced it as an act of aggression. The situation even ignited a verbal duel through the media between Putin and Ukrainian President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky.

The Russian leader upped the ante by saying the same fast-track option may be offered to all Ukrainian citizens and now seems to have partially delivered on the promise by signing a new decree, which made more Ukrainian citizens eligible for the program

The new decree applies to people, who were born or lived in Crimea before March 2014, when the former Ukrainian region rejoined Russia, regardless of them currently holding Ukrainian citizenship or no citizenship at all. The same goes for Ukrainian citizens and stateless persons, who used to live in the rebel-held parts of Ukraine but have since went to Russia to live there as refugees or temporary residents. Their immediate family members, including spouses, are covered as well.

The same offer was extended to victims of Joseph Stalin’s deportation of Crimean Tatars, direct descendants of those people and their family members. Citizens of Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and Syria, who were born in Soviet Russia, as well as their family members, are now eligible too.

The fast-track procedure skips some restrictions that normally apply to people wishing to become Russian citizens, like the need to live in Russia for a certain time or prove they have a legitimate source of income. It requires processed applications to take no longer than three months. The decree however states that individuals with diseases that pose a threat to public health or those with known links to terrorist organizations may be rejected.

Zelensky, who won last month’s presidential election in Ukraine in a landslide, was among the most vocal Ukrainian critics of Russia’s decision to make it easier for some Ukrainians to get Russian citizenship. He mocked the idea that a holder of the Ukrainian passport may be tempted to get a Russian one, branding Russia as a dictatorship harassing its own citizens. He said Ukraine will be instead giving its citizenship to Russians persecuted by the Kremlin.

Putin parried by implying that if both countries would be giving passports to the other party’s citizens, it would end up with all Russian and Ukrainians having effectively the same citizenship. The Russian president approving this idea, said he always considered Russians and Ukrainians to be part of the same people.

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Olivia Kroth
May 2, 2019

Finally the Russians of Lugansk and Donetsk get their human rights back and are treated like human beings. Hopefully these two republics will be able to join the Russian Federation soon.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
May 3, 2019

TASS reports: Russia’s decision to grant citizenship to Donbass residents purely humanitarian — diplomat World May 03, 4:41 UTC+3 VIENNA, May 2. /TASS/. Moscow decided to simplify the procudere of obtaining Russian citizenship for Donbass residents because the Ukrainian authorities are depriving them of their legal rights, Russia’s Deputy Envoy to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Dmitry Balakin said on Thursday. Balakin said Russia regrets to see how Kiev deprived Donbass residents of almost all their legal rights and excluded them from political and social-economic processes in Ukraine, thus making them de facto disenfranchised people on… Read more »

May 2, 2019

A little tongue in cheek here. Give passports to any who wish it in Kharkov, Odessa, etc. (Malorussia or Novorussia territory, however you wish to call it). Pay pensions etc. to these people. When enough of these people have Russian passports (this is a good measure of the grass roots) have a referendum on either return to Russia or a new state called whatever you want. It’s simpler to buy this state this way instead of bloodshed. And your paying the common people, not the oligarchs. Perhaps the Lithuanians will give passports to the crazed western Nazis and they can… Read more »

Fascists have silver linings too
Fascists have silver linings too
May 3, 2019

I have no idea why Ukraine’s ultra-nationalists, let alone Zelensky, would complain about this. If, as they say, they’ll have the Donbass back soon, by hook or by crook, then they can simply cancel UA citizenship and deport the Russian passport holders to Russia. It’s after all, the UA’s ultra-nationalist, nay true-fascianalist goal. So what’s the problem? You’d think they’d welcome the move, besides saving precious monies on Tymoshenko’s nuke-inspired final solution plan. Then they can do the same for the Hungarians, Romanians and Poles, and realize Bandera’s ultimate dream of “a one-party fascist dictatorship without national minorities”. (Timothy Snyder’s… Read more »

Fascist Fascion Hints from Odessa
Fascist Fascion Hints from Odessa
Reply to  Fascists have silver linings too
May 3, 2019
The guy holding the red balloons did a fascist salute when I wasn’t recording.
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