December 21, 1996 Russian President signed the Decree 1752 "On the main document, the identity of a citizen of the Russian Federation outside the Russian Federation", giving effect to the above documents and offering the Russian government develop and approve the designs and descriptions of the forms of these documents. Pursuant to Presidential Decree 1752 of 21 December 1996 The Government of the Russian Federation March 14, 1997 passed a resolution 298 "On Approval of the samples and descriptions of the main forms of identification documents of a citizen of the Russian Federation outside the Russian Federation. " March 13, 1997 Russian President signs decree 232 "On the main document, the identity of a citizen of the Russian Federation on the territory of the Russian Federation. " In accordance with this decree, in effect introduced passport of the Russian Federation, which is the basic document identifying the individual citizen of the Russian Federation on the territory of the Russian Federation. July 8, 1997 the RF Government Decree 828 takes "On Approval of the passport of the Russian Federation, model form and describe the passport of the Russian Federation. " The new Russian passport lost the famous "fifth point" – column "Country". In early 2001, a draft Federal law on the basic instruments identification made by the deputies of Anatoly Lukyanov and Julius Rybakov still in their tenure in the State Duma of the second convocation, was rejected. The bill provided for the indication of nationality (on request citizen) and residence (registration / registration).
The availability of these products prevented a vote for the bill most of the factions of the ATP and "Yabloko". The left and part of the group "Regions of Russia" refused to support the bill, assuming the contrary, an indication of nationality must. In addition, many deputies strongly opposed the assignment of personnel numbers and citizen carrying his passport. By the end of 2001 the text was Revised group of deputies (Boris Nadezhdin, Valery Grebennikov, and others) and re-introduced in the Duma. The main difference was the exclusion of personal numbers. Count 'nationality (by request), "as in the previous version, proposed to recover. The latter, of course, preclude the preservation of Russian passports issued today in which there is no such graphs. Accordingly, in the case of a law re-registration Passports should start from scratch.