• Electronic Passports in Russia

    In many countries of the world, paper documents are replaced by electronic media. This international trend interested the Russian government, whose representatives made a number of proposals to replace the usual passports.

    According to the idea, the identity document will combine the information that currently contains various papers and certificates, including: a passport of a citizen of the Russian Federation, TIN, SNILS and UEC.

    Information about the imminent appearance in the back of a new document gave rise to a lot of discussions, because the electronic passport, like the subtleties of its design, remains a mystery to everyone. Therefore, in today's article, I will slightly open the curtain of secrecy and share information relating to this news.

    What is an electronic passport

    Electronic passport

    The identity card offered by the government is a plastic card document. Information about the owner is presented in electronic and visual format.Some data is encrypted and becomes available when scanning the chip.

    On the front of the card is personal information about the owner.

    • FULL NAME.;
    • Gender;
    • Place and date of birth;
    • Date of issue and expiry date of the document;
    • ID number.

    The left side is a color image. On the right there is a second photo of a smaller size, made by laser engraving. Both images have a multi-layered structure and effectively protect the document from forgery.

    On the reverse side is an electronic photograph and document number. In addition, here is the auxiliary information:

    • Code of the authority that issued the document;
    • Information about the guardians of children under the age of 14 years.

    The main difference between an electronic passport and a paper carrier is a machine-readable record consisting of letters and numbers. It is her identity.

    At the request of the owner, when the document is drawn up, the TIN and SNILS will be indicated on the reverse side, and other information will be added to the chip: blood group, insurance number, bank account.

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    When will start issuing

    Mass launch was postponed to March 2018.

    The draft law on the introduction of electronic passports was approved by the Russian government in 2013, but for various reasons, the deadline for trial issuance was repeatedly postponed. The technical ability to implement the project came to life after 4 years.

    During the preparatory stage, officials faced several obstacles to the cherished goal, and the attitude of the Russians to change was ambiguous.

    The government is addressing psychological and technical issues, compiling unified registries.

    Pros and cons of e-passport

    Passport with chip

    In the near future, Russians will feel the delights of progress and will take part in the informatization of society. It's about putting electronic passports into circulation. This news is discussed and in the course of numerous discussions it was possible to identify the positive and negative aspects of the document.


    • Compactness.In size, which corresponds to the international standard, an electronic passport is no different from a business card or a bank card. So a new document can easily fit even in a wallet.
    • Durability.Unlike a regular passport, an electronic one is characterized by increased resistance to mechanical damage and moisture.
    • Multifunctionality.The new certificate will combine official information from several departments and, if necessary, can be used as a badge.


    • Easy fake.To produce a lime paper passport requires sophisticated printing equipment and special paper. Making a plastic card in artisanal conditions is easier. Yes, and with the introduction of biometric information in a fake document, a skilled hacker will have no problems.
    • The frequency of replacement.According to the current legislation, the replacement of a paper identity card is carried out at 20 and 45 years. The “shelf life” of the novelty is 10 years.
    • The size.One of the advantages of an e-passport at the same time is its disadvantage. Due to its size, losing such a document is much easier.

    Progress does not stand still and a massive replacement of passports will necessarily take place in the near future. Well, the Russians can only hope that by that moment the government will take all the necessary measures to make the new document secure.

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    What does the church say

    By this time, every citizen of the Russian Federation had an opinion regarding the launch of electronic passports, and the clergy are no exception. This is good, because the opinion of religion is respected by many.What does the church think?

    Some Christian believers associate the issuance of e-passports with the seal of the antichrist. They associate a barcode with it, which, when taking a digital image, is laser-applied to the photo on the forehead.

    Other priests claim that an electronic passport will make a person extremely vulnerable. The chip, which is equipped with a new document, will become a repository of all important information about the owner. We are talking about shopping, traveling, business and other areas of activity. And all this information will be available to a person who has access to the registry. As a result, every Russian will experience the charm of total control.

    How to refuse an e-passport

    Electronic passport in hand

    Citizens of the Russian Federation are interested in the question of the obligation to replace the document. The procedure is voluntary. Getting a passport of a new sample is a matter of convenience, because it is more convenient to store information on one carrier than to handle a bunch of papers.

    Electronic passports in Russia will come into effect in the spring of 2018. The next 7 years, new documents will be in circulation, along with paper counterparts.

    For issuing an electronic certificate will have to pay a fee, the amount of which has not yet been determined. To obtain a document, it is enough to apply to the passport office and write an application. Soon it will be possible to fill out documents online, on the portal "GosSlugi".

    Summarize. Modern humanity is increasingly immersed in the world of electronics and computer technology. With this in mind, the desire of the government to keep pace with the times deserves respect. It is only important to prepare the people for such changes and take care of the safety of citizens.

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    As for total control, as for me, these are only responses of fear, because technical progress has not yet reached this level.

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