Russia to join the European Convention on abolition of consular legalization of documents

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a decree on Russia's joining of the European Convention on the abolition of legalization of documents executed by consulates, the Russian government's official website reports.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a decree on Russia's joining of the European Convention on the abolition of legalization of documents executed by consulates, the Russian government's official website reports.

"The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is commissioned to sign on behalf of the Russian Federation the said Convention," the decree says.

All the legal formalities associated with the consular legalization of documents will become history after Russia signs the Convention, the government website says.

Those Russian citizens who apply to Russian embassies and consulates abroad for the execution of their documents will be able to submit documents to national state agencies of the countries participating in the Convention, without having them legalized by consulates.

Nationals of the participating states who are foreigners in Russia can submit documents issued by embassies and consulates of their countries straight to Russian state authorities, without their consular legalization at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The decree is fully consistent with the Treaty on the Eurasian Economic Union of May 29, 2014, as well as other international treaties signed by Russia, the Russian government said.

The European Convention on the abolition of legalization of documents executed by diplomatic agents or consular officers was signed in London on June 7, 1968. The Convention entered into force on August 14, 1970. Currently, 22 nations participate in the Convention.

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