Svetlichny: Several dozen Russian passports issued to Berkut servicemen

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March 3, 2014, 12:26 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

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The number of Russian passports issued to the Ukrainian Berkut troops increases every day and no decision has yet been made on other categories of people seeking Russian citizenship, Russian general consul in Simferopol Vyacheslav Svetlichny said.

"This work [the issuance of Russian passports to the Berkut special task force] is going according to plan. Several dozen passports have been issued. Their number is increasing," Svetlichny told Interfax on Monday.

"No decision has yet been made on the people who can seek Russian citizenship. For this reason, we are asking people to be patient and follow information reports," he said.

"The situation is normal. There are lines at the general consulate, but those people are not Berkut troops. They are citizens who would like to get Russian passports quickly using a simplified scheme. We are explaining to them that this work is now being done for humanitarian reasons. We are only issuing passports to Berkut troops in accordance with the legislation and on the basis of individual requests," the source said.

Svetlichny said the Russian general consulate is now fulfilling the Russian administration's order to issue Russian passports to "the Berkut troops who were involved in the conflict with radicals and extremists on the streets of Kyiv.


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