Russia Adopted Law on Genomic Information Collection

Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has signed a law that expands the list of persons subject to mandatory genomic registration. The relevant law is published on the official Internet portal of legal information. 

According to the law, this list will include all convicted and serving sentences in the form of imprisonment, suspects and accused of committing any crimes, as well as persons subjected to administrative arrest. Now DNA analysis is taken only from those convicted of committing serious and especially serious crimes, as well as any crimes against sexual integrity.

The law also clarifies the concept of “genomic information”, which is biometric personal data, including encoded information about certain DNA fragments of an individual or an unidentified corpse. In addition, the Investigative Committee is empowered to conduct mandatory state genomic registration.

The explanatory note indicates, with reference to foreign experience, that DNA databases begin to function effectively provided they contain genomic information of at least 1% of the total population of the country. The federal database of genomic information contains genomic information of 0.6% of the total population of the Russian Federation (965,315 objects of accounting) as of January 1, 2020, the document says.

Ru-Main, 10.02.2023
Source: Interfax

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