Came across a YouTube video from July 2008, where a Russian border official on a night train from Ukraine checks a big logbook before stamping the passenger's passport.
What is the purpose of this, and is it still common practice?
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Somewhere in the mid-late 00s we with my friends were taking a train from Ukraine to Russia and have experienced exactly this.
The train stopped and Ukrainian border control folks came in. They had small (for that time) devices connected to laptops which they've used to scan passports of the passengers and apparently check if a passenger was in any kind of a database they'd be interested in.
15 min later Russian border control came in with those huge books and asked for my full name. Then opened the book on the page tagged with the letter my last name begins with and started manually scanning it trying to find a handwritten match.
Needless to say, it made us laugh like a bunch of kids on a caffeine.