After the attempt to annex Crimea, the Russian occupation administration forcibly issued Russian passports to the population of the peninsula. In case of refusal of citizens to obtain Russian passports, their rights to medical protection, social and pension assistance, work, etc. were artificially limited. Ukrainian citizens were forced to obtain Russian passports in order to remain owners of their own homes, property, and businesses on the occupied peninsula.
The signing of the decree by Russian President Vladimir Putin to deprive Ukrainian citizens of the opportunity to own land in the temporarily occupied Crimea is another step towards imposing Russian citizenship.
Russian citizenship was imposed on some Crimeans even without their formal consent. In this regard, Ukrainian consuls did not have access to Oleg Sentsov and Alexander Kolchenko for a long time, as Russia forcibly issued them Russian passports after their imprisonment.