Biometric control of Russians entry to Ukraine is the eve of the visa regime

December 27, 2017

The formation of the biometric database will become an effective tool of monitoring the stay of Russians in Ukraine and will prepare the basis for the introduction of visa regime, — said Co-Director of foreign relations and international security programmes Mykhailo Pashkov.

“Strengthening of the control over the entry to Ukraine for Russian citizens and the collection of their biometric data at the border since the 1st of January is a precondition of the introduction of the visa regime with Russian Federation”, — commented to the “Radio Svoboda” media Co-Director of the foreign relations and the international security programmes Mykhailo Pashkov.

“The biometric database of people who visit Ukraine for different purposes is currently forming. It is very important — fingerprints and other biometric attributes. A database which will be in contact with Interpol and other structures are forming. It is a very effective tool for controlling the stay of foreigners, in particular Russians in Ukraine. It is about the mode of notification and registration at the place of arrivals”, — he believes.

According to the expert, Russia is preparing to intensify the expansion under the hybrid war and Ukrainian special forces should be ready for this.

“The introduction of the visa regime with Russia has been discussing for a long time. Biometric control since the 1st of January is a movement towards this direction, strengthening control of entry-exit regime. The first step is biometric, the second is the alert mode, the third — control over the territory. These three steps are the eve of the visa regime, whether we want this or not”, — said Pashkov.

Mykhailo Pashkov

Co-Director, Foreign Relations and International Security Programmes

Born in 1958 in Roslavl, Smolensk oblast, Russia


Smolensk Institute of Pedagogy, Faculty of the Russian Language and Literature (1979)

Moscow Institute of Youth, Faculty of Journalism (1986)

Kyiv Institute of Political Science and Public Administration (1991)

Ph. D. in Philosophy; the author of more than 50 publications

1979 – 1989 — worked at different positions in district, regional and republican newspapers in Russia and Moldova

1991 – 1994 — worked in scientific institutions of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

1994 – 1998 — Diplomatic Service at the Embassy of Ukraine in the Russian Federation

Since December 1999 — Razumkov Centre's Leading Expert

Diplomatic Rank: First Secretary. Most recent position in state structures — Chief Consultant, Analytical Service of Ukraine's NSDC Staff

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