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Sunday, December 05, 2010

Russian president signed legislation creating criminal DNA database

On December 5, 2008, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed legislation authorizing the creation of a DNA database for convicted criminals. Under the law, passed by the State Duma and the Council of Federation the month before, authorities are allowed to collect and retain DNA from prisoners convicted of serious violent crimes, including murder and rape.


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Learn more about the use of DNA databases from the JURIST news archive.




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