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Russia Aims to Form Genome Repository for Law-Enforcement Forensic Work

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The Russian Interior Ministry hopes to form a national repository of genomic data for use in law-enforcement forensic identification, according to the RussiaIC.com, a website featuring information on Russian news, law, commerce, and culture.
 
The Ministry’s goals are outlined in a bill that aims to enable officials to use the database to identify individuals suspected of crimes, terrorism, and “extremism,” according to Russia IC.
 
Tatyana Moskalkoya, the Interior Ministry’s deputy legal head, said the bank “will include genetic information of people convicted of severe crimes, biological traces of unidentified persons, people involved in crimes, close relatives of missing persons, and of unidentified bodies," Russia IC reported.
 
Russia IC said that the Russian newspaper Kommersant cited claims by “medical experts” that the data bank would infringe privacy rights and threaten “biological security.”
 
GenomeWeb Daily News could not independently confirm the newspaper account.

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