Minister thinks replacement of passports with ID cards will give access to electronic services to millions

Russian Minister of Communications and the Mass Media Nikolai Nikiforov has said that in a few years over 120 million Russians will get new broad opportunities to receive electronic services.

Russian Minister of Communications and the Mass Media Nikolai Nikiforov has said that in a few years over 120 million Russians will get new broad opportunities to receive electronic services.

He linked the prospect with the plans of replacing internal passports with electronic identification cards.

"The transition of the entire country to electronic ID cards instead of 'paper' passports is the most ambitious project of the electronic government," he twitted on Sunday.

"The population of Russia aged 14 and more with 'paper' passports is around 122 million. With electronic passports all of them will be able to receive any electronic services," he said.

"One hundred twenty two million electronic passports connected with the network will open up incredible possibilities for electronic services, public and commercial," Nikiforov believes.

"The existence of 122 million electronic means of legally significant identification would mean a breakthrough for electronic commerce, electronic banking, small business and the entire Internet economy," he said.

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