Putin’s decree allows Ukrainians to become Russian citizens through a simplified procedure – JURIST

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed a decree allowing all Ukrainian citizens to apply for Russian citizenship through a simplified procedure. Ukrainians only need to provide proof of Ukrainian residency and citizenship, as well as divorce and name change documents, to apply. Parents applying on behalf of their children must also provide their child’s birth certificate.

Putin’s order spans a Decree 2019 which allowed residents of the largely unrecognized Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics to apply for Russian citizenship, a move critics have called “passport”. The term “passportization” refers to a Russian foreign policy tactic where Russia en masse naturalizes citizens of foreign states in order to undermine another country’s national sovereignty.

Previously, Ukrainians could only to apply by an accelerated procedure if they lived in Ukrainian territory occupied by Russia. In May, Putin signed a decree that gave residents of the Russian-occupied regions of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia access to the same simplified naturalization procedure previously granted to residents of Donetsk and Lugansk.

Putin’s decree comes days after Russia’s State Duma past legislation to direct the Russian economy to support the Russian war effort in Ukraine. It also represents a move to assert Russian dominance over Ukraine after the EU vote granting Ukraine “candidate status” for admission in response to the Russian invasion.

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