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Belarusians no longer want to become citizens of the Russian Federation?

According to the official statistics of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the number of Belarusians who want to obtain Russian citizenship has decreased by almost 3 times.

A total of 378,500 people received Russian citizenship in 2023, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation. And this is almost half less than in the pre-war year 2021. The Ministry of Internal Affairs explains this drop by the fact that passport recipients in the occupied territories of Ukraine are no longer included in these statistics. Since the middle of 2023, the Ministry of Internal Affairs has also been hiding information about the countries from which the new "Russians" arrived.

However, according to the latest available data, it is noticeable what trends have developed since the beginning of the war, "Verstka" notes. Among immigrants from almost all countries of the former USSR, the number of people admitted to Russian citizenship decreased. The number of "compatriots" resettled under the Russian resettlement program in 2023 decreased by 43% compared to 2021.

In addition to people from Ukraine, in the first half of 2023 compared to the first half of 2021, the number of Belarusians who received citizenship decreased most sharply - almost three times, to 4.6 thousand people. A decrease of 40% was recorded among people from Kazakhstan and 18% from Armenia. Only Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan stand out from the general trend. After the start of the war, the transition to Russian citizenship among them even accelerated.

Thus, most of all, those who want to be called "younger brothers" Ukrainians and Belarusians - spoil the entire statistical picture for Russians.


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