Legalization of a document is necessary to certify its legal status in case it has to be used in a foreign country. Thus, if you have to send a document issued in the Russian Federation abroad you must legalize it.
The process of legalization of a document includes verification of the authority, the authenticity of the signature, and, in some cases, the authenticity of the stamp of the official who issued the document.
There are two types of legalization: stamping with "Apostille" and consular legalization.
Stamping with "Apostille" is used in cases when the country where the document is to be sent (the target country) is a participant in the Hague convention of 1961*. The "Apostille" stamping is performed by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation.
In all other cases, the document has to undergo the process of consular legalization in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and the consulate of the target country.
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*List of countries that are participants in the Hague convention of 1961:
|Australia||Latvia||Serbia and Montenegro|
|Antigua and Barbuda||Luxembourg||Tonga|
|Armenia||Macedonia||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Namibia||Ukraine|
|Hungary||Norway||South African Republic|
|Gilbert Islands and Ellice Islands||Poland||* Great Britain also extended the convention to the following territories:|
|Grenada||Portugal||Jersey Baliwick Guernsey|
|Greece||Romania||The Isle of Man|
|Ireland||Saint Vincent and Grenadines||Gibraltar|
|Iceland||Saint Kits and Nevis||Montserrat|
|Spain||Saint Christopher and Nevis||St. Helena (Netherlands Antilles)|
|Italy||Saint Lucia||Turk and Caicos Islands|
|China (only Hong Kong and Macao)||Seychelles|