The Russian electronic passport will be presented in two forms – in the form of a smart card and an application with a QR code, said the head of the Ministry of Digital Science Maksut Shadayev at a meeting of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy, Information Technology and Communications. The document is planned to be launched by the end of 2022 in three regions of Russia.
“I really hope that by the end of next year in three constituent entities of the Russian Federation we will be able to start issuing a new passport in these two forms (smart card and application with a QR code – TASS note), interconnected,” Shadayev said ( quote from TASS).
For the first time, the then Deputy Prime Minister Maxim Akimov announced his intention to replace paper passports of Russians with electronic ones in 2019. Then he called the transition date 2022.Later, the Ministry of Digital Science proposed to issue electronic passports to residents of Moscow already from December 2021, while the Ministry of Internal Affairs informed about the start of the procedure in July 2022, and the department proposed to extend the right to receive an electronic identity card from this data to all residents of Russia, not just the capital.