Ukrainians accounted for half of the 351,670 foreigners granted Russian citizenship during the first half of this year,

reports TASS, citing Russian Interior Ministry figures. It did not say how many of the 184,385 Ukrainians granted passports live in the Russia-controlled parts of Ukraine. In addition 23,600 more Ukrainians were granted permanent or temporary residence permits. “Countering Putin’s Passport Policies in Ukraine,” is the topic of a new Atlantic Council essay by Vitaliy Nabukhotny, an international human rights lawyer.