COPY-Medvedev signs bill on convicts' DNA database

Associated Press - December 5, 2008 12:43 PM ET

MOSCOW (AP) - The Kremlin says Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed into law a bill allowing creation of a DNA database for serious offenders.

The new law allows the government to extract and retain DNA data from those convicted of serious crimes such as murder and rape.

Critics say the law infringes on privacy.

A Kremlin statement says Medvedev signed the bill on Friday.

It says the law is "directed at creating a legal basis for receiving and using genome information to identify a person so crimes can be prevented and solved."

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