Putin signs decree to simplify Russian citizenship process for Ukrainian orphans

Olena Barsukova

May 30, 2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree that simplifies the process of obtaining Russian citizenship for Ukrainian orphans or children without parental care, especially in temporarily occupied territories.

The file has been post Courtesy of the Kremlin-aligned news agency RIA-Novosti.

The decree provides that orphans and children without parental care, as well as Ukrainian citizens without legal capacity, can obtain Russian citizenship through a simplified procedure.

Guardians or organisations will be able to apply for Russian citizenship for children in the temporarily occupied Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporozhye and Kherson Oblasts.

Putin’s decree also determines who can apply.

Also read: Russia says occupiers have deported nearly 200,000 children from Ukraine

The following persons can apply for Russian citizenship for Ukrainian children:

  • Guardians or guardians of children, if they are citizens of the Russian Federation, Ukraine or residents of the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Unless the parental duties cannot be performed for a certain period of time, a guardian of the child is temporarily appointed at the joint request of the parents.

  • Head of Orphans and Children’s Organization in CADLR [temporarily occupied areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions] Or Zaporozhye or Kherson, if the child is already in the care of such an organization.

The exception is when a child is temporarily placed in an organization and the parent, adoptive parent, guardian or guardian is unable to perform their duties for some reason.

Reminder: The President of Russia Sign the decree Simplified procedures for obtaining Russian citizenship for residents of the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine’s Kherson and Zaporozhye Oblasts.

The Russian Defense Ministry also said the occupiers stole nearly 200,000 children from Ukraine and brought them to Russia.

Also read: Wounded by occupiers and repatriated to Belarus: how a 14-year-old boy from Yajdny got home

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