About 3,000 residents of Crimea, including Sevastopol, have refused to receive Russian passports, Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS) chief Konstantin Romodanovsky said.
In line with an agreement on Crimea's incorporation into the Russian Federation, Crimean residents not wishing to become Russian citizens were supposed to submit relevant applications before April 18. Acting head of Crimea Sergei Aksyonov said on Friday that, if need be, the deadline for accepting such application might be extended.
"There are about 3,000 such people now. This is not a large figure, and I suppose it will not be growing. On the contrary, it might go down, as people could change their mind and their decision," Romodanovsky told journalists in Simferopol on Saturday.
According to the FMS estimates, from 1.5 to 1.7 million people will have to be provided with Russian passports in Crimea.
The FMS will not hold residents of Crimea declining Russian passports administratively liable for the absence of residence registration before the end of the year, Romodanovsky said.
"We have held negotiations with the leadership of the republic of Crimea and Sevastopol and reached an agreement that the FMS will not hold administratively liable [for non-registration] the people refusing to accept Russian passports during the transition period, before January 1, 2015. And the republic of Crimea and Sevastopol will take on the responsibility for providing social protection and healthcare to this category of citizens," he said.
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