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Duma to pass bill on biometric passports

December 10, 2013, 19:13 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Russian citizens will require their fingerprints stored in the digital document

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MOSCOW, December 10. /ITAR-TASS/. The State Duma has passed a bill at second reading on Tuesday that obliges Russian citizens to have fingerprints in their biometric passports. The bill is to come into force as of January 1, 2015.

The bill was drafted, taking into account the experience of EU countries which include information about the owner of a travel document into the electronic chip of the travel document, said First deputy chief of the Federal Migration Service Yekaterina Yegorova.

Fingerprints will be taken by scanning lines on the index fingers on both hands, and then the data will be put into the microchip, Yegorova said. If scanning the index fingers is impossible fingerprints will be taken by scanning the middle fingers or thumbs, she added.

The Federal Migration Service has already begun issuance of foreign passports with the fingerprints. At present, Russian citizens have foreign passports of three kinds, including a passport with biometric data, but no fingerprints, passports with biometric data, including fingerprints, and ordinary passports without biometric data.

"We expect to include fingerprints data into the biometric passports since 2015," Yegorova said. An ordinary foreign passport with no fingerprints will be issued as before because it is cheaper, which is important for a certain category of citizens," Yegorova added.

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