After the “special operation” began, it became clear that no one would pay for this passport.
In Russia, the project for issuing digital passports (plastic cards with a chip) has been frozen for an indefinite period.
This is reported by the Russian Forbes .
As journalists found out, after a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Russian Ministry of Digital Development froze the project for issuing digital passports for an indefinite period.
It was planned to start issuing modern passports, which are plastic cards with a Russian chip, in early 2023.
The interlocutor of the publication noted that technically the project was already ready, but the government did not agree on its launch. The government doubts that the project will pay off and there will be enough plastic and chips for it.
“After the start of the ‘special operation’, it became clear that almost no one would pay for this passport because of the crisis,” Forbes’ source said.
The authorities invested about 20 billion rubles in the development of an electronic passport. It was hoped that the project would pay for itself, since Russians would have to pay 1,000 rubles for issuing such a passport (a paper one costs 300).
“This would cause a great resonance in society: if the residents of Moscow could afford such expenses, then the regions would not pay so much, given that the practical benefits of such a passport are not obvious,” the source says.