Crimea identified as part of RF in passport issued in 2013

13 August 2015 14:30

A Russian passport issued in 2013 and stating Crimea as part of the Russian Federation has ended up in possession of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania.

The bearer of the passport, a Russian national born in 1992 and residing in the Kaliningrad region, applied to the Lithuanian Consulate in Kaliningrad for authorization of facilitated travel within the EC (issued to Russians living in Kaliningrad and willing to move to the mainland RF by surface transport), Ukrainska Pravda reports.

The passport was also issued in the Kaliningrad region on December 24, 2013. At the time, the Euromaidan protest was being staged in Kyiv and Crimea had not yet been illegally annexed by the Russian Federation. The bearer’s place of birth in the passport is indicated as ‘Republic of Crimea, Russia’.

“Being a blatant demonstration of Russia’s official position regarding the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, the passport had been issued before the illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula and only a week after the meeting of Yanukovych and Putin in Moscow, where the latter promised to provide Ukraine with a $5 billion loan,” the Lithuanian administration stated.

The bearer of the passport was denied an entry visa to the EU, the Lithuanian MFA reports.