13 May 2022, 07:01 PM

Russian forbids abducted Ukrainians residence in occupied Crimea without a Russian passport

The Russian Federation has forbidden forcibly abducted Ukrainians from living in the occupied Crimean peninsula without obtaining a Russian passport, Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmyla Denisova reported via Telegram messenger on May 13.

“Compulsory certification of Ukrainian citizens forcibly deported to the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol from Kherson and Zaporizhzhia Oblasts continues,” she wrote.

This refers to the “filtration” process that Ukrainians, who are forcibly removed from their homes, go through when reaching Russian-controlled territory. According to the ombudsperson, their Ukrainian passports are confiscated and temporary Russian residence permits are issued instead.

“Ukrainian citizens forcibly relocated to the peninsula are being “told” about the need to obtain a ruscist red book (referring to the cover of the Russian internal passport) as they will not be allowed to live in Crimea without “identity documents,” Denisova wrote.

She noted that Ukraine does not recognize any Russian documents that the invaders impose on Ukrainians.

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