Donetsk, Jul 16 – DAN.  More than 282,000 Donetsk People’s Republic residents have obtained Russian citizenship under a simplified procedure, the Republican Migration Service said.

"The total of 282,029 passports have been obtained," the report reads.

Positive decisions have been adopted concerning 4,413 more DPR residents. The total of 310,445 residents filed for Russian citizenship.

On April 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the degree on determining groups of foreign nationals eligible to obtain Russian citizenship under a simplified procedure.

The document eases Russian citizenship rules for residents of the Donbass Republics.

The first Russian passports were issued to DPR residents on June 14. DPR residents have to travel to Russia’s Rostov region to receive the document. An applicant must show their DPR passport to apply for Russian citizenship. As of now, 6,808 DPR residents have received Russian passports.*ot