Russia’s Putin makes fingerprinting mandatory for visitors
25 November 2014 14:29 GMT

Moscow says biometric enrolment will improve the effectiveness of law enforcement and help prevent terror attacks.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a presidential order which mandates that foreign citizens travelling to the country must be fingerprinted from 10 December.

An order published on the government’s website said it hoped the move could tackle illegal migration, improve the effectiveness of law enforcement and help prevent terror attacks. The Foreign Ministry and the Federal Security Service will organise the data gathering.

Fingerprint enrolment will initially be launched at Russian embassies and consulates in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Myanmar and Namibia, and also at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport.

In July, populist-nationalist Russian party LDPR proposed that all foreigners be photographed and fingerprinted as they cross the Russian border.

LDPR official Roman Khudyakov also last week presented a bill to parliamanet that would see all Russians submit biometric information to a central government database and each citizen provided with a biometric eID card.

It also suggests that a new special federal agency be established to carry out the registration, which would report to the Interior Ministry or to the Federal Security Service, the FSB.

The European Union is also planning to introduce such a biometrics requirement for all Shengen visas by April 2015.

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