Machine-readable zones (MRZs) can be found on passport and on some IDs.
The MRZ allows scanner and computers to read information on passports.
Often when IDs have been faked or altered, the MRZ will not match the information on the ID.
Reading the information in an MRZ
MRZs on Russian Passports
Sometimes the information in a Russian domestic passport MRZ may be unusual. Here is how to read these special exceptions