Kremlin Lets Donbass Residents Apply for Russian Citizenship

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Kremlin Lets Donbass Residents Apply for Russian Citizenship

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

After Donetsk and Lugansk Donbass residents declared independence from US-installed Kiev fascist rule, Putin should have offered to let both republics join Russia as he did for Crimeans, affording them the choice.

Belatedly he took a partial step of sorts, by decree letting Donbass residents request Russian citizenship via an expedited procedure.

His action was based on Article 14 of the "On Nationality of the Russian Federation" federal law — affording citizenship to designated people via a simplified/expedited process. 

During a Thursday Security Council session on Ukraine, Russian UN envoy Vassily Nebenzia explained why Moscow acted, saying:

Around four million Donetsk and Lugansk Donbass residents are treated like "outlaws" by Kiev, "ignored by the major part of the global communit
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