#Commentary of Vladimir Bidyovka on situation at checkpoints

Deputies of the People’s Council supported the initiative of the DPR Head, Denis Pushilin, to monitor the procedure of citizens’ passage through the checkpoint. We want to analyze the procedure for passing through the checkpoints, to identify the causes of queues, as well as to assess the conditions in which our citizens get at the checkpoints.

Deputies have been monitoring the situation since January 28 at the Alexandrovka, Mayorsk-Gorlovka, Yelenovka and Oktyabr-Novoazovsk checkpoints. At each of the checkpoints, there are two deputies every day, as of February 5, 60 parliamentarians have already participated in the event.

The main load falls on the Alexandrovka, Yelenovka, Mayorsk-Gorlovka checkpoints. The Oktyabr-Novoazovsk checkpoint is crowded until about 14:00, after which the flow of citizens noticeably decreases.

During the monitoring, a number of organizational and sanitary-hygienic problems have been identified. The objective reason for the occurrence of queues is the lack of personnel and office equipment at the checkpoints. The border crossing procedure is complicated by the fact that the departments that carry it out do not have a united database. The disadvantages also include the lack of signposts at the approach to the checkpoints, the roads not cleaned of snow near the checkpoints, and non-observance of sanitary and hygienic norms.

At the Alexandrovka and Yelenovka checkpoints, significant infrastructure changes are planned. This is up to the working group established by the Head of the Republic at the end of last year. Agencies that carry out border control are already working on the creation of a single database and the relevant legal and regulatory process to speed up the border crossing procedure. All information collected by parliamentarians during the monitoring will be used to resolve the current situation.

Vladimir Bidyovka, the Chairman of the DPR People’s Council

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