MOSCOW, July 18 (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin backed on Wednesday the proposal to use FIFA World Cup-style Fan IDs at other major sporting and cultural events in the country.
Fan IDs were first used at this summer's FIFA World Cup and were an obligatory document for everyone who bought tickets for the matches.
"It is possible and rational," Putin said at a meeting with Russian ministers, adding that he had discussed the idea to use Fan IDs at mass events with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
The proposal was put forward by Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets, who said that Russia was preparing to host the 2019 Winter Universiade and the International Tchaikovsky Competition, a classical music competition held in Moscow every four years.
Golodets explained that using Fan IDs could help welcome visitors, including foreigners, to these and other major events.