MOSCOW, July 18. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed broadening the use of the recent FAN ID technology to upcoming cultural and sports events.
"We discussed that with Dmitry Anatolyevich (Medvedev) yesterday. It is possible and appropriate. We will do that," he pledged at a meeting with Cabinet members in response to a request by Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets to expand the FAN ID technology to cultural, sports and mass events organized by Russia.
Golodets stressed that the tried-and-tested innovation had proven its effectiveness. "You have already decided to extend the validity of FAN IDs until the end of this year, but now we would like to ask for additional instructions (we discussed that while drawing up the concept) so that the FAN ID principle is extended to other mass cultural events in our country," she said.
The deputy prime minister recalled that the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk would host the 2019 Universiade, and the International Tchaikovsky Competition will be held in Russia next year. In her view, using this technology for the events would help welcome visiting guests from overseas.
A bill on foreigners’ rights to visit Russia with FAN IDs until the end of 2018 was earlier submitted to the State Duma (lower house of parliament).