Pravda.Ru, that Russian news site known to cater information in English across the world, recently covered an issue happening over in Russia involving around 5,000 citizens in Sverdlovsk that are keeping their old Soviet passports despite its decline out of existence around 7 years ago when it ceased to become legal. Many are claiming religious reasons or political reasons such as not agreeing with the current need for an updated ID.
Several citizens have begun asking officials to simply put their new photos on top of the previous ones rather than getting state certified and valid passports and ID. One such woman was denied by Russian officials to have her photo placed on top as it was not a valid document so she took them to court; surprisingly she won the case under the acknowledgement by the court that there was simply no expiration date on her document despite the political changes that have happened in the country which essentially make it “invalid” or at least politically incorrect.
Some Russian media outlets are claiming that the expiration date is only effective for those who were not Soviet citizens. This problem has occurred with citizens of a broad age spectrum seeing as citizens with Passports dating back to 1974 are still in circulation and existence today showing that their legal enforcement and standardization lags far behind that of more industrial lawful world states such as the United Kingdom / E.U. and of course the United States of America ( U.S.A. ). (Photo Credit: Laughing Squid)
Continue Reading At: http://english.pravda.ru/society/stories/06-07-2011/118409-soviet_passport-0/