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Dialogue with High Commissioner. Russian Passport

20 September 2018
Dialogue with High Commissioner. Russian Passport

On September 11, in Kaluga, I held a personal reception of citizens together with the regional ombudsman Yuriy Zelnikov. I was approached by citizen F., who was born in the city of Marhanets, Dnipropetrovsk Region of Ukraine. As a child, he arrived in Russia with his parents, in 2007 his mother died, his father left for Ukraine.

Citizen F. applied to me with a request for assistance in regularization of stay on the territory of the Russian Federation. Earlier, the Kuibyshev District Department of the Directorate of the Federal Migration Service of Russia in the Kaluga Region registered him as a citizen of the Russian Federation, but in 2014 the passport was seized, saying that it was issued in violation of the established rules. The applicant repeatedly appealed to the migration authorities to find the easiest and fastest way to obtain Russian citizenship, but did not receive any assistance over the last 4 years.

Taking into account that the applicant was in a difficult life situation, he has lived in the Kaluga Region since early childhood, served in the Russian army and has not violated the migration legislation, I applied to the Main Directorate for Migration of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia.

On September 20, F. was issued a passport of a citizen of the Russian Federation.

It is very unfair that a man who has grown up in Russia and looks upon the country as his homeland, who has performed the duty of defending the homeland, had to be in limbo for several years and had no citizenship. This is unacceptable, since not having the status of a Russian citizen he was also deprived of all other basic rights guaranteed by the Constitution.

I thank the leadership of the Main Directorate for Migration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia and personally Olga Kirillova and Valentina Kazakova for constructive interaction, as a result of which we were able to promptly correct the mistake.

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