Activists in eastern Ukraine’s separatist republic of Luhansk marked Russia Day by carrying a gigantic Russian passport through the streets.

Russian President Vladimir Putin in April signed a decree to expedite the process of naturalization for residents of separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine. The Kremlin said Putin enacted the measures to protect the rights of the area’s 3.7 million residents, a majority of whom are Russian speakers.

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Video footage from Wednesday’s celebrations of Russia Day in Luhansk shows dozens of people parading the larger-than-life symbol of Russian citizenship through the city’s main square. The 200-square-meter document represented Russia’s fast-tracked passport offer, one activist was quoted by the state-run RIA Novosti news agency as saying.