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Interior Ministry plans on photographing and fingerprinting visa-free travelers

November 08, 16:56 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The ministry has already framed several amendments to the current legislation

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MOSCOW, November 8./TASS/. The Russian Interior Ministry plans to make it compulsory to take photographs and fingerprints of all foreign nationals arriving in Russia for a period of more than 30 days from countries enjoying visa-free travel with Russia, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said on Wednesday.

"We plan to take photographs and fingerprints of all foreigners who arrive in Russia visa-free for a period of more than 30 days," he told a State Duma meeting with Cabinet ministers.

According to Kolokoltsev, the ministry has already framed several amendments to the current legislation. One of them concerns rules on registering migrants that have remained unchanged for a long time and feed government corruption, while foreign nationals’ real whereabouts remain unknown.

"Several bills are being drawn up, the first of them are aimed at eliminating loopholes to enable fictitious registration," Kolokoltsev said. He said plans are to grant the host country the right to strike migrants off the register once they have left.

Another amendment may embrace some 4,000 foreign nationals staying in Russia who have not defined their legal status. "A draft federal law is underway to introduce a document certifying the identity, which will help sort out the person’s legal status," Kolokoltsev noted.

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