Russia is to begin biometric registration of all foreign citizens and persons without citizenship who receive entry visas, according to a new order signed by President Putin. The document published on the official government website says that starting on December 10 all people travelling to Russia on a visa should be fingerprinted. The task will be undertaken by the Foreign Ministry and the Federal Security Service. The fingerprinting is to improve the effectiveness of law enforcement, including the prevention of illegal migration and barring suspected terrorists from entering the country. Russian diplomats are instructed to inform foreign countries about the new rules before December 5. The presidential order will remain in force until corresponding amendments to federal laws come into force. The proposal was put forward by the Foreign Ministry in reply to the planned introduction of universal fingerprinting of Russian wishing to enter the EU in 2015.
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INC News, 01/12/2014-via RT News