Heavy bureaucracy frustrates applicants for Russian passports from occupied Donbas – OSINT expert
Ukrainian MP and coordinator of the Information Resistance OSINT Group Dmytro Tymchuk says residents of Russian-occupied Donbas, who are willing to obtain citizenship of the Russian Federation, are massively disappointed in a heavily bureaucratized procedure.
"The granting of Russian passports in the occupied territories [the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic ("DPR") and Luhansk People's Republic ("LPR")] turned into a farce. Locals who are willing to get a second citizenship are massively complaining about the extreme bureaucratization of the 'simplified' procedure: they need to first obtain 'passports' of 'DPR/LPR', as well as spend a lot of time to get various certificates and notarized copies of Ukrainian documents to receive Russian passports. Moreover, all these services cost money," he wrote on Facebook on May 17.
The so-called "militia veterans" express particular discontent, the report says.
At the same time, a considerable number of "intermediaries" emerged, offering for additional fees to speed up the process and even register relatives of their "clients" from unoccupied territory in "DPR/LPR" and "help" them obtain passports of the self-proclaimed republics to get Russian passports, the MP added.