Second center issuing Russian passports to Donbas residents begins trial run in Rostov region
ROSTOV-ON-DON. April 30 (Interfax) - A center issuing Russian passports to residents of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) has opened in the village of Pokrovskoye in the Neklinovsky district of the Rostov region, an Interfax correspondent has reported from the location.
"The center has begun its trial run," the Rostov regional branch of the Russian Interior Ministry said in a press release.
A center issuing Russian passports to residents of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) opened for a trial run in Novoshakhtinsk on Monday. Documents are accepted from designated LPR officials only.
Applicants must submit a citizenship application form, a properly notarized ID document, a name-change certificate (if applicable), a receipt certifying payment of the state duty, and photographs. Applications are to be processed within up to three months.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the Executive Order "On Identifying Groups of Persons Entitled to a Fast-Track Procedure when Applying for Russian Citizenship on Humanitarian Grounds" on April 24 to allow liberalized naturalization of residents of certain districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.