Ukraine approves criminal punishment for obtaining a Russian passport

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved a draft on criminal punishment for obtaining Russian citizenship Obtaining a Russian passport, according to the bill, is justified if it is needed to return through Russia and third countries to Ukraine

The Ukrainian government has agreed on a bill on criminal responsibility for obtaining Russian citizenship. This was announced by Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for the Reintegration of Uncontrolled Territories of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk, reports.

“Unfortunately, international law does not contain adequate norms to counter illegal Russian passportization on the territory of Ukraine. Therefore, we must respond by strengthening the criminal legislation,— she said.

According to the bill, criminal liability is introduced:

  • for obtaining a Russian passport by civil servants— from 10 to 15 years;
  • for forcing citizens of Ukraine to obtain a Russian passport— 8 to 12 years old;
  • for creating conditions in which the failure to obtain a Russian passport will lower the rights of a Ukrainian citizen or otherwise put him in a disadvantageous position, & mdash; from 8 to 12 years old;
  • for promoting Russian citizenship— from 5 to 8 years.

Specialists from the General Prosecutor's Office, the Security Service of Ukraine, as well as human rights activists and people's deputies participated in the drafting of the bill. Now the document is being prepared for submission to the Verkhovna Rada.

Obtaining a Russian passport, according to the bill, is justified only if it is needed to return through Russia and third countries to Ukraine.

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In late May, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree granting residents of Zaporizhia, as well as the Russian-controlled Kherson region, the right to obtain citizenship of the country in a simplified manner.

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After that, passport issuance centers were opened in the cities of Zaporozhye occupied by Russian troops. They work in Berdyansk, Melitopol, Energodar and other cities in the region. Russian passports began to be issued in the Zaporozhye region on June 11.

In late August, the Ministry of Defense announced that more than 8,000 residents of the Zaporozhye region, part of which is controlled by Russian troops, have received Russian citizenship.

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