Vital statistics records from Russia are not reliable. Police certificates, birth
certificates, education documents, employment documents, and military record books
are the most vulnerable to fraud.
Since the mid-1900s, the standard Russian birth and marriage certificates include
information typed directly onto the form using the standard typeface. Birth certificates
have a government stamp. The registry office “SZAGS” or “ÇÀÃÑ” in Russian characters,
issues certificates. Forged certificates lack the standard typeface.