State Duma deputies submit proposals to simplify obtaining of the Russian citizenship for PMR residents

12/17/20 12:50

State Duma deputies submit proposals to simplify obtaining of the Russian citizenship for PMR residents

Letters were sent to the Presidential Administration and the Government of the Russian Federation

Simplification of obtaining Russian citizenship for Pridnestrovians became one of the main issues of the PMR President Vadim Krasnoselsky working visit to Moscow. The head of state proposes, that Pridnestrovians, who have nationality of other countries will be able to obtain Russian passports in Tiraspol, without leaving for Russia.

According to the Kommersant newspaper deputies of the State Duma of the Russian Federation submit appropriate proposals to the Presidential Administration, the Government and the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Konstantin Zatulin, the Special Representative of the State Duma of the Russian Federation for Migration and Citizenship, First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee for CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots, said that he raised the issue of simplifying the procedure for obtaining citizenship for Pridnestrovians in a letter addressed to Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and Vice prime minister Tatiana Golikova.

“According to the law, that was adopted (specifically the July amendment to legislation “On citizenship of the Russian Federation” – Kommersant newspaper), those who have moved to Russia can apply for Russian citizenship without renouncing foreign one. But the point is that it’s necessary, that those who continue to live in Pridnestrovie to be able to obtain it,” the parliamentarian said.

The head of the Duma Committee on CIS Affairs Leonid Kalashnikov is also stand assured of the “Donbass scheme” should be extended to the Pridnestrovians, however with opportunity to complete all the documents without leaving the republic.

Leonid Kalashnikov told a corresponding proposal to the Kommersant newspaper, submitting it to the Presidential Administration and the Foreign Ministry a few months ago. According to Mr. Kalashnikov, it’s proposed to facilitate the obtaining Russian citizenship by PMR residents “by a separate decree, in a similar way with the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR),” but documents from those wishing will be accepted at the location through the consular service.

“We need a corresponding presidential decree, and now we are trying to instigate it,” the deputy said.

In July of this year, amendments to legislation “On Russian Citizenship” were adopted, according to which foreign citizens can become Russians without renouncing their previously acquired another country citizenship. They concern only those, who have been married for at least three years to a Russian citizen, living in the Russian Federation, and those who studied in Russia after July 1, 2002 and have been working in Pridnestrovie for at least a year before applying for citizenship, at the same time have at least one parent with Russian citizenship living in Russia. Many residents of the PMR don’t fall under these conditions.

Valentina Kazakova, the head of the Migration Department in the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, explained to Rossiiskaya Gazeta newspaper in the summer, that passports’ holders of the above-mentioned countries can apply for citizenship, obtaining a residence permit in Russia. That is, citizenship applicants should be on the RF territory.

As the vice-speaker of the PMR Supreme Council Galina Antyufeeva explained, a simplified scheme is necessary in Pridnestrovie.

“We need a simplified scheme. So that those who were forced to obtain a Moldovan or another country passport in order to be able to leave Pridnestrovie, and everyone else without leaving the Russian Federation, would also obtain a Russian passport,” she described to the Kommersant newspaper.


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