MOSCOW, November 25. In Russia because of the threat of terrorism can be severely tightened control over sale of SIM cards, writes the newspaper “Kommersant” with reference to sources.
According to the publication, the interdepartmental Commission on countering extremism proposes to limit the term of the contract with a cellular operator for foreigners during their stay in Russia and give Roskomnadzor the authority unscheduled inspections of places selling SIM cards.
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Following the meeting of the interdepartmental Commission on countering extremism in the Russian Federation the Ministry of communications has been instructed to toughen responsibility for the implementation of SIM cards, and change the procedure of their receipt, says one of the interlocutors “Kommersant”.
The interdepartmental Commission did give such orders of the Ministry of communications, confirmed to the newspaper, the Federal official, who declined to comment because the minutes of the meeting “for official use”. Kommersant’s source in the interior Ministry said that these initiatives from the Ministry. “We’re waiting for the Ministry of communications within the Commission will prepare proposals, no decisions made,” he said. According to a source in one of cellular operators, the proposed measures related to the threat of terrorism.
In Russia since 1 January 2014, a ban on sale of SIM cards without a contract. Violators face a fine of up to 5 thousand rubles for individuals and up to 200 thousand rubles – for legal. According to data from ACM Consulting, in Russia annually sold more than 100 million SIM cards. A source in the company-the partner of several operators claims that the market for illegal SIM cards is approximately 1.5-2 million SIM cards per month for all operators.
MTS has always advocated the tightening of rules of retail trade for street stands, as well as their own efforts to combat fraud dealer, said the statement. In the “MegaFon” and “VimpelCom” stress that always conclude contracts with the subscribers under the law.
Bankers, for which anonymous SIM cards is a sore point, the initiative of the interdepartmental Commission assessment is positive.