Over 215,000 Crimeans receive Russian passports

Russian federal migration officers have made and sent over 215,000 passports to be issued to residents in the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, said Yana Smolova, acting assistant at the Crimean office of the Federal Migration Service (FMS).

Russian federal migration officers have made and sent over 215,000 passports to be issued to residents in the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, said Yana Smolova, acting assistant at the Crimean office of the Federal Migration Service (FMS).

"By yesterday, April 17, FMS officers had received passport applications and documentation from over 300,000 Crimeans. Over 250,000 passports have been made and sent to be issued to citizens. I cannot say how many exactly have been issued - we do not collect such reports on a daily basis, but normally ready passports are issued immediately, without delay," Smolova said.

About 1.5 million Crimeans are to receive Russian passports, head of the FMS passport unit Fyodor Karpovets told Interfax earlier.

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