Stateless: former-Ukrainian servicemen in Crimea have no passports


November 26 , 2017 – Fort Russ News – 

Vesti – translated by Inessa Sinchougova

A human rights issue is being deliberated in the Crimea. Currently, there are up to 4.5 thousand people without Russian citizenship living in the Crimea, due to violations of rules when obtaining a Russian passport.

The human rights Ombudsman in Russia, Tatiana Moskalkova, spoke of a “passport amnesty” for such people.

“If a person wants to stay in Russia, and this is their only place of residence, then it seems to me that that person must have the opportunity to obtain a passport,” Moskalkova said.

The Ombudsman will shortly begin joint work with the police to investigate the facts over the refusal of the authorities to issue Russian passports.

Many of these concern the rights of former Ukrainian servicemen in the Crimea. Under Russian law, they and family members cannot live in military camps. This has caused a lot of difficulties for them when obtaining medical care, the arrangement of children in kindergartens and schools, and so on.

According to the Russian Black Sea Fleet, 265 people are currently considered former-Ukrainian servicemen in Sevastopol, and there may be a total of about 560 people, including families, of former Ukrainian servicemen.

Moskalkova noted that the issue of providing housing to former servicemen also requires attention.

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