UKRAINSKA PRAVDA — WEDNESDAY, 14 SEPTEMBER 2022, 16:24
Ukraine has prepared a draft law that provides for criminal responsibility for obtaining a Russian passport in the temporarily occupied territories; the Cabinet of Ministers called for this.
Details: Experts from the Office of the Prosecutor General, the Security Service, the Ministry of Reintegration, human rights defenders and people's deputies have jointly prepared a draft law that introduces criminal liability for:
acquisition of citizenship or obtaining a Russian passport by state officials or representatives of local self-government in the absence of signs of high treason;
propaganda, public appeals, and coercion to act correspondingly;
restriction of the rights of people who have not received citizenship or passports from the Russian Federation.
The Ministry of Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories noted that obtaining a Russian passport in the temporarily occupied territories is justified only if a person thus tries to return to the territory controlled by Ukraine through Russia and third countries.
On 11 July, president of the aggressor country Vladimir Putin signed a decree on a simplified procedure for granting citizenship in Russia to all Ukrainians.
Russian occupiers began to resort to various gimmicks to force people to get a Russian passport in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.
The President's Office said that issuing Russian passports to residents of the occupied territories is meaningless because this passport is not recognised worldwide.
Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk advised residents of the occupied territories not to assume Russian citizenship.