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What Does Russian Media Mean When It Reports Six Ukrainians Left In Crimea?

Ukrainians stand with taped mouths during their rally in Simferopol, Crimea.
Ukrainians stand with taped mouths during their rally in Simferopol, Crimea.
"Only six Crimeans remain citizens of Ukraine after the [Crimea] referendum," says an April 2 headline in Lifenews, an outlet believed to have ties to the Russian security services.  

"Only six residents of Crimea want to stay citizens of Ukraine," says RIA Novosti, now run by the Kremlin's propaganda chief, Dmitry Kiselyov. 

The headlines are derived from a statement by Fyodor Karpovets, the head of passport processing at Russia's Federal Migration Service. 

Karpovets recently announced that "currently, only six people had submitted documents to preserve their Ukrainian citizenship." 

A RFE/RL Ukrainian Service journalist in Simferopol, Crimea, however, says the reports are misleading on two fronts. 

First, Crimeans have been presented not with an option to "preserve Ukrainian citizenship" but instead to reject the Russian one. 

Under Russian legislation, the only Crimeans who will not be considered Russian nationals after April 20 are those that personally go to a migration service office and reject Russian citizenship status. 

Of course, almost all Crimeans also hold Ukrainian passports. 

Under Ukrainian law, dual citizenship is not recognized and can be punishable by an administrative penalty of up to $150, but it is not currently considered a criminal offense. Russia accepts dual citizenship. 

It seems, therefore, that those who receive Russian passports should still also be considered citizens of Ukraine unless they personally reject the status. 

Though Moscow clearly sees acceptance of Russian citizenship as an inherent rejection of Ukrainian citizenship, the argument does not appear to have legal bearing. 

The Ukrainian Service journalist also disputes the number of people who have rejected Russian citizenship.

The journalist, who says a colleague counted 19 people lined up to refuse citizenship at a local migration office, estimates that "hundreds" have already turned down Russian nationality.  

Moscow is racing to produce passports for residents of Crimea and has issued over 25,000 since Russia's annexation late last month, according to the migration service.

-- RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
April 03, 2014 22:36
It mean, as it was in occupied by Nazi Germany Europe,
Any national who has any sympathy with resistance,
Or has dislike for "Boshes", must report to SS,
Or Gestapo, personally with all valuables.
____________________________
Nationals with some German roots!
Report immediately as race traitors,
be shot as enemy of Great Russia.

by: Peter from: Ottawa
April 04, 2014 12:09
The answer is: All ethnically cleansed by Tsar Putin the Evil, just like the Georgians in KGB land of Abkhazia and South-Ossetia, the Ingushs of North-Ossetia and thousands of other minorities, next for Crimea are the Tatars, the original inhabitants of Crimea, with no one around to report the news , the KGB bullies will have their way. For now !!!!!

by: BT from: St.Petersburg
April 05, 2014 15:05
I'm ashamed that I'm Russian.
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by: MarkH from: New Jersey
April 06, 2014 17:14
BT, Russia has long been dear to my heart, and I visit your city as often as I can. An expatriate friend from Russia recently told me, that she is ashamed to have the same nationality as Putin. It seems to me that many Russians have swallowed the Kremlin line justifying interference in Ukraine -- but I think many more are opposed to the Kremlin, than are shown in statements about public opinion. You are not alone! A friend in Russia told me that she, and all of her friends, hope that the sanctions from the West will grow stronger: they want Russia's Master Criminals to be punished. Something like Euromaidan in Russia, would be Putin's greatest nightmare -- masses of people demanding dignity, respect for democratic rights, and an end to massive theft by those in high office.

by: Robert from: Peterborough
April 06, 2014 07:07
now the ethnic cleansing of the population will begin in earnest
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by: Chris from: Crimea
April 06, 2014 09:42
Not sure where you get the idea of ethnic cleansing, As an Englishman living in Crimea for the past 11yrs. I can report that it is peacefull with no threats to any of the population including Tatar. I live in a village with Tatar neigbours who voted pro russia in the referendum. The only crime I am ware of locally is a local Tatar business owner sending his family to Lvov as refuges to get as much as they could in cash handouts and then return home.

Unless you live here, how can you comment on what is happening. There is so much propoganda by all sides it is impossible to tell what is true and what is not. I comment on what I see and hear on the ground.
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by: peter from: ottawa
April 07, 2014 11:46
Chris, did you receive your Russian passport yet ????
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by: CHRIS from: CRIMEA
April 07, 2014 14:24
I would like one as it would make my position more secure, I have currently a Ukrainian issued permanent residence card, have been told they will swap this for a Russian one without any problem. As Russia support dual nationality and Ukraine does not, I am asking why can I not then have a passport. Next week or so I should know the answer.
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by: peter from: ottawa
April 08, 2014 12:47
Chris, when the shooting starts don't forget to duck, all those guns you see are not water guns. Its the planet versus Russia and Russia is going to lose.

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