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New law eases citizenship for Russian speakers

Cyclists, one of them with a Russian flag hooked on his bike, take part in a cycling race in the Crimean city of Sinferopol, on April 18, 2014. AFP PHOTO / YURIY LASHOV

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin approved on Monday legal amendments to make it simpler for Russian speakers in the former Soviet Union to acquire Russian citizenship, the Kremlin said on Monday.

The changes follow Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula and tension in the largely Russian-speaking east of Ukraine.

 

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