Russia’s new ID card to cut bureaucracy

RIA Novosti reports that Russian government plans to introduce identity-payment card for all of its citizens. New photo ID card with fingerprint and electronic chip would replace internal passport and allow to pay for utilities, public transportation, drug prescriptions and other municipal needs. Format of the new card would resemble a banking card. The program is expected to cost $5.2-6.9 billion over the next five years. The parliament is already at the last stages of preparing the legislature for the new project. Long lines of people waiting for various services are expected to be eliminated by the new program.

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