The self-proclaimed head of the Donetsk national Republic (DND) Alexander Zakharchenko said that the applications for local passports were about 1.2 million residents of the DNI. He told about it on Tuesday, March 14, at a press conference.
“We have nearly 2.5 million population, about 1.2 million have already applied for a passport DND”, — quotes the words Zakharchenko Donetsk news Agency.
According to Zakharchenko, in connection with the large influx of willing, the intensity of issuing documents has increased four times. In the future, according to him, it is planned to increase the number of branches.
Mass issuance of passports DND began in the summer of 2016. In February of this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on recognition of these instruments in Russia. Previously Zakharchenko said about the growth in the number of applications for passports of the Republic after the recognition by Russia.
In November 2016, it was reported that the DNR received passport of the Russian actor Ivan Okhlobystin. Then Ukraine opened a criminal case on him.
March 9, Donetsk news Agency reported that the DNR received passport of the Russian showman Nikita Dzhigurda. However, during a press conference March 14, Zakharchenko said that the passport Hold was issued in error. “A decree depriving of his citizenship has already been signed. Problem was, I apologize for the mistake of the passport is Nikita Dzhigurda, I apologize to the people of Donbass”, — said Zakharchenko.