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WorldRussiaPutin inks decree allowing Ukrainian passport holders to work, live in Russia

The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, has inked a decree allowing Ukrainian passport holders who have entered Russia since Kremlin’s offensive to live and work in the nation indefinitely.

But until right now, Ukrainian nationals could only reside in Russia for a maximum of 90 days within a period of 180-days. To stay longer or to do work, one had to get extra special authorization or a work permit.

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As per the temporary decree published on Saturday, the new measure permits Ukrainian citizens and people from Ukraine’s separatist eastern regions that Russia recognizes as independent to work in Russia without a work permit and to live in the nation “without a time limit.”

Applicants who need to be eligible will have to be fingerprinted, photographed or have to undergo a test for drugs & any infectious diseases.

To be eligible, applicants will have to be fingerprinted, photographed and undergo a test for drugs and any infectious diseases.

Moreover, the decree also restricts the deportation of Ukrainian people, except for those released from prison or those deemed to pose a threat to Russia’s security.

In another decree, Putin ordered social payments be made available to vulnerable people, including pensioners, handicapped or pregnant women, who left Ukraine or the separatist territories because of the offensive.

As per Moscow, 3.6 million Ukrainian nationals, including 587,000 children, had entered Russia since the beginning of the offensive in late February.

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In July, the Kremlin made it easier for Ukrainians to receive Russian nationality, a measure denounced by Kyiv.

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