Interior Ministry to probe how Russian criminals received Lithuanian residency permits

Ministry of Interior
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In January, the Migration Department decided that two Russian citizens, Akhmed Yevloyev and Oleg Shamanin, will not be issued permits to reside in Lithuania. Nonetheless, it transpired nearly a week ago that Yevloyev was in fact granted the residency permit.

According to representatives of the Interior Ministry, an investigation will be launched into who specifically is responsible for the decision. Deputy Minister Elvinas Jankevičius said that the permit issued to Yevloyev was suspended and that the incident may be either a mistake or a deliberate action.

Moreover, President Dalia Grybauskaitė has submitted a bill to the parliament in order to amend the Law on the Legal Status of Aliens. The amendments should prevent dangerous people from receiving residence permits in Lithuania. It is proposed to provide that the police, the border guards and the State Security Department (VSD) have 14 days to provide to the Migration Department findings about residency applicants’ criminal history.

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