SIMFEROPOL (QHA) -

Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS) representative in Crimea Yuriy Zviagintsev said that those residents who do not have passports will be penalized.

He said this at a press conference in Simferopol, Ukrinform reports.

"When Russian laws fully take effect in Crimea, so it will be too [as in Russia - ed.], an administrative responsibility is provided in Russia for that. Not so far now," Zviagintsev noted.

The FMS earlier said that it would not fine for lack of registration of Crimean residents who refused to get Russian passports, until the end of 2014.

According to the "treaty on Crimea's accession to the Russian Federation", the residents of the region who wish to renounce Russian citizenship should have applied for by April 18.

QHA