MOSCOW, January 23 (RIA Novosti) – Russia is planning to introduce mandatory fingerprinting for all foreigners applying for visas to the country.
Under the terms of a draft presidential decree posted online Thursday, the Foreign Ministry will launch a pilot project in July to test the necessary equipment and procedures.
The project envisions fingerprinting of foreigners at Russian embassies and consulates in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Myanmar and Namibia, as well as at Vnukovo international airport in Moscow.
An explanatory note on the draft decree says the measure will facilitate efforts to curb illegal migration and prevent suspected terrorists from entering the country.
The decree is designed to allow Russian authorities to respond promptly to the introduction of mandatory fingerprinting of Russian visitors by the European Union in 2015.
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- MuslimGood for Putin23:20, 24/01/2014With the Islamist threat on everything non-muslim, it appears that this is a very necessary thing to do. I laugh at the EU, unable to even figure out its own issues and may firm decisions about the Islamic threat on their citizens, how it thinks the problem is outside somewhere in Russia. And the poor Ukrainians think it is better with the EU? They are not thinking straight.
Earlier this month, Russia hosted the Fourth International Meeting of the Arctic Council at Naryan-Mar, a seaport in the Barents Sea, to discuss issues relating to the infrastructure and safety of ships passing through the Northern Sea Route (NSR).