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Zelenskiy: Decree signed to fast-track citizenship for ‘persecuted’ Russians, ‘defenders’ of Ukraine

Zelenskiy: Decree signed to fast-track citizenship for ‘persecuted’ Russians, ‘defenders’ of Ukraine

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has simplified naturalization procedures for foreigners and stateless people who have “defended Ukraine” and for Russians facing “political persecution” at home. In a decree (No. 594 / 2019) published on the presidential website on August 13, Zelenskiy ordered the cabinet to “urgently” develop and draft a law “aimed at simplifying the procedure for acquiring citizenship.” The decree covers “foreigners and stateless persons who have participated in the implementation of national security and defense measures and citizens of the Russian Federation who have been persecuted for political reasons.” The decree requires the government to submit a draft law on the revamped asylum procedures to parliament within three months. The move comes less than a month after Russia announced a decree to fast-track the granting of citizenship to all residents of the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, where Russian-backed separatists have been fighting a…
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