MOSCOW, October 29 (RAPSI) – The number of complaints concerning citizenship and external migration submitted to Russia’s Human Rights Commissioner Tatiana Moskalkova has decreased.

In the last eight months of this year, 221,158 people obtained Russian citizenship. Most of applications were submitted by nationals of Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Moldova, Moskalkova said during a roundtable conference on human rights of foreigners and people without citizenship on Tuesday.

According to the ombudsman, decline in applications over citizenship and external migration is connected with a recent change in Russian migration legislation simplifying the procedure of acquiring citizenship by residents of certain countries.

Moskalkova also pointed the necessity of further improvement of regulatory enforcement in this field. She proposed to unify an approach to the identification of persons without citizenship locating in the Russian Federation.