26 Jun 2019 11:03

About 40,000 DPR, LPR residents can get Russian citizenship monthly - Russian deputy interior minister

MOSCOW. June 26 (Interfax) - The capacity of offices that are issuing Russian passports to residents of the DPR and LPR using facilitated procedures may be increased if need be, Russian Deputy Interior Minister Igor Zubov said.

"Some 20,000 [applications] are accepted monthly there, some 20,000 in the Rostov region; it's the capacity of the system," Zubov said, responding to a question from State Duma member Nikolai Kolomeitsev.

The capacity "may increase, but it will not be an eternal avalanche," he said.

"In fact, people also make decisions in a balanced way, we need to check documents, remember that it is not a simple region, there are various threats there, Russia has opened the gates. If there is a situation that requires an increase in this capacity, we will think about it," Zubov said.

Kolomeitsev asked "why the number of offices that could work on this task [issuing Russian passport to more residents of the DPR and the LPR] cannot be increased."

Kolomeitsev asked his question during the first reading of the governmental bill facilitating the procedures for granting temporary and permanent residency permits to some categories of foreigners and stateless persons held in the State Duma.