Updated at 13:48,15-08-2017

Russian passport – for everyone?

Belsat

Uladzimir Putin enacted the simplified procedure of granting the Russian citizenship to native Russian-language speakers. Moreover, persons who speak Russian and whose ancestors lived in the USSR or the Russian Empire can also lay claim to become a citizen of Russia.

The seekers will have to pass an exam in the Russian language, give up the citizenship of another country and move to Russia.

Russian lawmakers stepped up their work on simplifying the procedure when the country's troops intervened in Crimea.