The Ukrainian journalist admitted quite unexpectedly that in 2014, immediately after the annexation of Crimea, he had received a Russian passport. In addition, a little later, the journalist acquired a Russian passport.
This is reported by the “NPF” referring to Facebook Pavel Kazarin.
“I received a Russian passport at the end of March 2014 in Simferopol. Krim already annexed. The war in Donbas has not yet been. Sentsova has not yet been arrested. Boeing has not yet been shot down. “
Kazarin added that just after the annexation, some of his friends immediately left Crimea, but there were those who stayed and planned to live there further. According to the journalist, he was also inclined to the second option, since his parents lived in Crimea and he wanted to be with them:
“In the summer of 2014, I also made a Russian passport. Then, in the Russian Federation, they said that when crossing the border between Kherson and Crimea, the Russian and Ukrainian documents would work … But it’s temporary, so I also made the Russian passport. “
According to Kazarin, this passport was not useful to him because a little later, in autumn 2014, he left the annexed peninsula definitively:
“Russian documents remained in Crimea. When it was not necessary for him, I started collecting documents so that I would no longer be a citizen of the Russian Federation. “
But, as the journalist noted, this procedure is very long and it was not until January 2020 that he was able to make an appointment with the Russian embassy. The meeting was scheduled for March … But the quarantine started and the meeting was canceled:
“The embassy has said that reception will resume after June 18. I wanted to admit that I had a Russian passport in six months. When I am no longer a citizen of the Russian Federation. But … a month earlier, a month later … The difference is not special. “
Recall that we wrote earlier that Kazarin had received the Gongadze Prize.