Moscow, November 4, Interfax - Following the upcoming endorsement of genomic registration of labor migrants, there may be genomic registration of all persons who commit criminal offenses in Russia and, eventually, all citizens of Russia, deputy head of the State Duma Security and Anti-Corruption Committee Anatoly Vyborny said.
"This is first significant step to allow the phased implementation of such practices. The first stage would involve migrants, the second would apply to everyone who commits criminal offenses, the third would address everyone who commits administrative offenses and faces a court, and we will see what happens next. If we see that the law is good and enjoys public support, I believe it will eventually apply to everyone," Vyborny told Interfax.
The bill on the genomic registration of labor migrants has a high chance to pass, he said.
"The genomic information available to law enforcement agencies will expedite the identification and prosecution of perpetrators, which will meet the public demand for inevitable punishment. There will be less inclination to hooliganism if perpetrators know they will be identified even if they commit an administrative offense," Vyborny said.
Nowadays, "our citizens do not feel protected in our own country, which is nonsense: we do not want to be a European nation where migrants set their own rules and the minority actually controls the majority by fear," Vyborny said. The adoption of such bills should be supplemented with "popularization of high legal culture and civil responsibility," he said.
It is sometimes impossible to identify a victim with amnesia or a dead person, so a law on the genomic registration of all Russian citizens "will help to identify both the criminal and the victim," he added.
Meanwhile, deputy head of the State Duma Security and Anti-Corruption Committee Ernest Valeyev told Interfax that the genomic registration of labor migrants "would be of great help in crime detection." "I cannot speak for the entire Duma and the committee but I personally would vote for," he said.
Russian Investigative Committee head Alexander Bastrykin ordered on November 3 that legislative proposals concerning the genomic registration of labor migrants be prepared, considering the growing rate of crimes committed by such person.