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17 Facts About Russian Passports

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The Russian passport is a legal document issued to the citizens of the Russian Federation for the purposes of travelling abroad.

A passport is a travel document, usually issued by a country's government, that certifies the identity and nationality of its holder for the purpose of international travel.

Russia, also officially known as the Russian Federation, is a federal state in Eurasia.

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The Russian Federation currently issues two types of passports: non-biometric and biometric.

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Non-biometric passports are currently valid for 5 years, biometric passports issued after 1 March 2010 are valid for 10 years and have an increased number of pages from 36 to 46.

A biometric passport, also known as an e-passport, ePassport or a digital passport, is a combined paper and electronic passport that contains biometric information that can be used to authenticate the identity of travelers.

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Due to the exclave position of Kaliningrad Oblast, which makes a passport an essential document at any age, citizens residing there are exempt from any fees for passport issue.

An enclave is a territory, or a part of a territory, that is entirely surrounded by the territory of one other state.

Kaliningrad Oblast is a federal subject of the Russian Federation that is located on the coast of the Baltic Sea.

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The right of Russian citizen to leave the country can be temporarily restricted if he:

Citizenship of Russia is regulated by the federal act regarding citizenship of the Russian Federation, Constitution of the Russian Federation, and the international treaties that cover citizenship questions to which the Russian Federation is a party.

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had signed a contract with the government allowing access to state secrets with provision restricting his/her right to leave the country, until the restriction is lifted as specified in the contract;

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has been conscripted to the military or alternative civil service, until the completion of service;

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is a defendant under criminal prosecution, until the verdict is reached;

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is convicted of a crime, until completion of serving time or acquittal;

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is avoiding obligations imposed by the court, until fulfilling the obligations or achieving consent between the parties;

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provided false information in his/her application, until the situation is deemed resolved by the processing agency;

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is employed by the Federal Security Service, until the expiration of contract;

The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation is the principal security agency of Russia and the main successor agency to the USSR's Committee of State Security.

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has been declared bankrupt, until the settlement is reached by the court of arbitration.

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Individuals under 18 travelling without both parents must have written consent of both parents allowing their departure from country.

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When a child travels with one parent, consent of another parent is not required.

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Articles 20 and 21 of the Federal Law "On the entry in the Russian Federation and departure from the Russian Federation" govern only departure from Russia and have nothing to do with the requirements of other countries regarding entry to these countries.

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In addition to regular passport there are three special-purpose types of passports for travelling abroad: diplomatic passport, service passport and seaman's passport.

Seaman is a naval rank and is either the lowest or one of the lowest ranks in most navies around the world.

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