#Commentary of Vladimir Bidyovka on simplifying procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship for Ukrainians
On July 12, 2017, the State Duma adopted amendments to the law “On Citizenship” in the second reading. This bill allows citizens of Ukraine to obtain the Russian citizenship without providing a certificate of withdrawal from the citizenship of Ukraine.It will be enough to notarize the application for withdrawal from the Ukrainian citizenship and submit one copy to the FMS (Federal migration service), and the second should be sent by mail to the competent body of Ukraine. If this bill is adopted in the third reading, the new rules will come into force on September 1, 2017.
As you know, earlier to obtain Russian citizenship it was necessary to provide a certificate of withdrawal from the citizenship of Ukraine, issued by the relevant authorities of Ukraine. But the Ukrainian side frankly sabotaged this process, thus depriving citizens of the right to change their citizenship. According to the first deputy head of the Interior Ministry, Alexander Gorovoy, about 600,000 Ukrainians are waiting for a decision on granting them Russian citizenship. By the way, this right to change citizenship was established by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 10, 1948), which states that no one can be arbitrarily deprived of the right to change their citizenship. Thus, Ukraine violates this international act.
Moreover, the official Kiev is plunging deeper into virtual reality. A spokesman for the migration service of Ukraine, Sergey Gunko, said that Ukraine will consider Ukrainians, who will receive Russian citizenship under a simplified procedure, as their citizens. Thus, in Ukraine, there will be officially registered one number of citizens, and in fact this number will not correspond to reality. Those are sort of ‘ghost voters’ in order to hide the real state of affairs in which citizens flee the country and renounce citizenship. In addition, the population of Ukraine has already significantly decreased due to the withdrawal of the Crimea and the Donbass. In Kiev, they can call residents of these territories their citizens for as long as they want to, but citizens themselves do not think so. And this gap between reality and statistics in Ukraine is observed in almost everything.
Vladimir Bidyovka, the DPR People’s Council deputy