New Law Proposes To Photograph Foreigners Crossing The Russian Border

2014-07-24 16:39:44

Foreigners entering Russia may be required to undergo procedure of photographing and fingerprinting. The proposal was made by State Duma Deputy Mikhail Serdyuk. 

In deputy’s opinion, these measures will contribute to personal identification, will help in investigations of crimes committed by foreign citizens, and will generally increase safety of both visitors and citizens of Russia. Photographs and fingerprints will help law enforcement to identify persons who have history of violating Russian laws and prevent such persons from entering the country with forged documents. 

Representatives of The Ministry of Internal Affairs Investigative Committee say that the proposal entails significant costs of the project’s implementation. However, these measures will help to accelerate the process of identification and will prevent criminals from crossing the border. "It is not always possible to immediately identify victims of different incidents, and with the introduction of the project this procedure will be done almost instantly. Again, there is high amount of crime among migrant workers. A great part of them will lose their ability to enter our territory" – "Novye Izvestia" newspaper quotes Vladimir Zherebenkov, former investigator of the Committee. 

According to Maria Bast, Chairman of the Lawyers Association of Russia "For Human Rights", photographing and fingerprinting procedures should be made mandatory for foreigners who come to Russia to work: "This will reduce the number of illegal migrants and reduce the number of crimes committed by migrant workers. The proposed measures will also help reduce the number of slave labor cases."

Opponents of the proposal believe that the law may significantly reduce the flow of tourists to Russia and will cause damage to the country’s economy and image.


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