Russian government to start 'lost credibility' registry for public officials - report
MOSCOW, January 22 (RAPSI) - Russian federal government has instructed the Ministry of Labor to develop a bill that will establish “a registry of individuals dismissed due to loss of credibility,” Kommersant reports on Thursday.
According to the newspaper, the register is needed because untrustworthy officials can withhold the reason they left a previous job when looking for a new one.
The bill would concern federal officials at all levels, municipal officials, the staff of the Prosecutor General’s Office, the Investigative Committee, the Interior Ministry, the Central Bank, military personnel and customs officials.
Kommersant states that earlier, Sergei Ivanov, Chief of Staff at the Presidential Executive Office, reported that over the first six months of last year, 3,700 officials received disciplinary action after audits of their income and expense declarations, with “162 dismissed for loss of credibility.” Additionally, some 500 law enforcement officers, including 136 court bailiffs and 28 customs officials, were penalized under criminal law.
Pavel Krasheninnikov, Head of the State Duma Committee on Civil and Criminal Legislation, told Kommersant that it is an important measure that should be approved and supported. He also noted that the bill should specify that inclusion in the registry for loss of credibility would not be interpreted as a suspension from practicing.
It is not yet known whether the registry will be made public. The explanatory note to the bill only states that the registry would only be accessible to the “federal authorities” that will be able to obtain prompt data when hiring to see if candidates have complied with the anti-corruption laws.