As reported by Censor.NET, the State Duma and Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation confirmed to RBC news agency that holders of "passports" issued by the breakaway "DPR"/"LPR" were equated with citizens of Ukraine, who are obliged to leave Russia every 90 days.
"We were surprised to learn that the residents of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics had to leave [Russia] every 90 days. The people had no idea about it," a State Duma deputy said.
Deputy Head of the Migration Department of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation Vladimir Ivanov confirmed to RBC that Russia considered "DPR"/"LPR" passports holders "still foreigners, the citizens of Ukraine."
"They can come and stay here for 90 days. They must then leave the country for the same period," he said.
According to a "DPR" serviceman Alexander Zhuchkovsky, in practice, however, the "DPR"/"LPR" passports holders do not fill in the migration card when crossing the border with the Russian Federation.
Former head of the parliamentary committee for the CIS Leonid Kalashnikov (Russian Communist Party) said that the Donbas residents' issue will be discussed in the State Duma on March 20.
On Feb. 18, the President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin signed a decree that declared documents issued to permanent residents of the so-called ''DPR'' and ''LPR'' republics valid in Russia.
Later, Russia's Sberbank announced it had started servicing customers with passports of the so-called "DPR/LPR".