Ukrainians create a backlog at the St. Petersburg immigration office

07.05.2019, St. Petersburg.

More than 100 Ukrainian citizens came to apply for Russian citizenship in St. Petersburg on the first business day since the president signed an order granting them an expedited citizenship process, the Rossa Primavera News Agency reports on May 6.

Those Ukrainian citizens who wished to reach the coveted window number 243 in the Unitary Documents Processing Center on Red Textile Worker Street in St. Petersburg, which registers the preliminary application for granting Russian citizenship, started forming a line at six o’clock in the morning.


Coveted window number 243 © Rossa Primavera News Agency


The more proactive Ukrainians started a sign up list in order to avoid confusion among those waiting.

On May 1, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an order which “grants a permit to apply for Russian citizenship using the simplified procedure to various categories of foreign citizens and stateless persons”. Residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk region who received refugee status or temporary asylum in the territory of the Russian Federation fall into this category.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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