Donetsk, Jul 14 – DAN. Donbass residents with Russian citizenship must have rights to be a part of all the spheres of life of their motherland, the DPR Head Denis Pushilin said in a statement delivered at the Russian Citizens Forum in Lugansk.

The address was read by the DPR deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Natalia Mikhailova.

"An important event for all those who is inextricably linked to Russia is taking place in the LPR. More than half a million Donbass residents have obtained Russian passports. The passportisation cements the legal reality: we are Russia. Donbass is historically Russian land. Donbass residents must be able to participate in all the spheres of life in their large motherland. The work on this issue is in progress. The most important thing now is that we can influence political life in Russia equally with its citizens, we can decide its development vectors by executing our voting right," Pushilin said.

Another large-scale forum named “Russia-Donbass: Consonance of Priorities” is to take place in Donetsk on July 15.

About 800 participants are expected to join the Forum coming from the DPR, LPR and Russia, among them politicians, scientists, cultural figures, veterans of labour, teachers and students, representatives of public organisations and movements, sportsmen and service members.

The Forum shall focus on Russian achievements in politics, culture, medicine, sciences, sports, education and IT.

The center for registration at the Russian state website for state services will be available as part of the event. *ot