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High Commissioner will verify facts of deprivation of Russian citizenship in Crimea

27 November 2017
High Commissioner will verify facts of deprivation of Russian citizenship in Crimea

Last weekend, High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova visited the Republic of Crimea to check the facts of the deprivation of Russian citizenship.

According to the data available to the High Commissioner, between 2,000 and 4,500 people were deprived of Russian citizenship in the territory of the Crimea.

In this regard, Tatiana Moskalkova said that she was in favor of holding a «passport amnesty» in the Crimea for those whose citizenship documents had been issued with technical mistakes.

"If a passport was issued to people with violations of certain technical issues and a person wants to remain a citizen of the Russian Federation, then it seems to me that it is necessary to reissue the passport and give this person the opportunity to get a new one," Tatiana Moskalkova said on Sunday in Sevastopol.

The High Commissioner believes that it is necessary to draw up a register of people deprived of Russian citizenship, as well as to conduct a comprehensive audit on this issue with the participation of law enforcement agencies. Tatiana Moskalkova has already written a corresponding appeal to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and will assign people from among the staff of her Office to check every single case.

The High Commissioner also said that she planned to raise the issue of refusing to residents of the Crimea to issue visas to the EU, US and Canada at meetings with representatives of the UN and the Council of Europe. "This is a gross violation of world law related to the violation of the right to free movement of citizens," Tatiana Moskalkova said.

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