Russia’s State Duma simplifies provision of native speaker status for Ukrainians, Belarusians.

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The State Duma of Russia adopted the bill on the possibility of the abolishing of interviews for the citizens of Ukraine and Belarus during the obtaining of the status of native speakers of Russian as TASS reported.

According to the bill, the citizens of Belarus and Ukraine fluent in the Russian language might be recognized as native speakers of Russian without passing the interview during the personal filing of the application on the recognition of them as native speakers and with the existence of grounds. The grounds mean that the applicants or their immediate relatives reside permanently or earlier resided permanently in the territory of Russia or in the territory relating to the Russian Empire or the Soviet Union, within the state border of the Russian Federation.

Related: Russia prepares bill on simplification of citizenship obtaining

State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin stated earlier that the bill restores justice toward people who have ‘common culture, language, history’ with Russia. He noted that the bill would allow the compatriots from Ukraine and Belarus to avoid the bureaucratic process of interview for fluency in Russian to obtain Russian citizenship. The adoption of the bill will simplify the procedure for almost 172,000 of Ukrainians and 32,000 citizens of Belarus who constantly live in Russia and have a residence permit.

As we reported, Russian passports were given to 227,000 inhabitants of the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions in 2019.

Besides, 229,422 Ukrainians received Russian citizenship last year.

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