This Russia Wants to Fingerprint All Foreigners Applying for Visas
RIA Novosti
MOSCOW, February 7 (RIA Novosti) – Fingerprinting will become mandatory for all foreigners seeking to enter Russia, a senior consulate official said Friday.

Source: en.ria.ru

It makes a lot of sense to fingerprint visa applicants – Canada also fingerprints visa applicants.  It is probably more important to make sure that applicants provide a fingerprint-based criminal history check from all the countries in which they have lived.  We provide fingerprint-based RCMP certified criminal record checks for citizens and former residents of Canada to a growing number of countries.  We have completed some for Russia as well, and it is important to note that not only did we need to have the results authenticated by the Russian Embassy in Ottawa, but a Russian translation of the certified results was also required.

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