Russia MP proposes to enforce universal fingerprinting for all international visitors

July 21, 2014 - 

A Russian MP is preparing a new bill that will recommend new security measures to make it mandatory for all international visitors to be fingerprinted on arrival in Russia and have the information stored in a single database, according to a report by RT.com.

In his drafted bill amending the Federal Law on the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation, Mikhail Serdyuk of the Fair Russia parliamentary caucus suggests that all international visitors of the country should be photographed and fingerprinted.

The draft states, “Fingerprinting would add to the greater security of Russian citizens and [its] guests alike, and also render serious help to the Interior Ministry in identifying people and preventing and solving crime”.

According to Serdyuk, the proposed security measures would put a stop to those people who are banned from entering the country to bypass border controls by using fraudulent documents or other personal information.

“When a person gets fingerprinted at the border, this immediately makes reputation important – he or she will understand that special services are filing data in special dossiers and their reputation can be compromised only once,” Serdyuk said in an interview with newspaper Izvestia.

A similar call for added security measures was first introduced a few years ago by the head of the investigative committee Aleksandr Bastrykin, who could not get his procedure implemented as a result of the costly equipment that needed to be installed at all border crossings.

Additionally, Roman Khudyakov, an MP from the populist nationalist party LDPR presented a bill about a year ago that ordered that all people registering in a city or town should be fingerprinted and have their data stored in a single database. His bill has yet to be considered by the parliament.

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