State Duma adopts bill on functions of Russia’s Federal Protective Service
MOSCOW, April 5 (RAPSI) – The State Duma has adopted a bill expected to increase the Federal Protective Service’s (FSO) efficiency, database of the lower house of parliament reads on Wednesday.
The bill, filed by the President, specifies the service in state security bodies and establishes irregular working day for certain categories of FSO employees, determined by the director of the service or an authorized person.
According to the bill, persons employed in state security bodies will have to pass mandatory fingerprint registration. Amendments also introduce new grounds for dismissal or refusal to be admitted in military services, federal civil services or FSO. Use of drugs without required prescription may be qualified as sufficient reason.
In addition, the FSO employees are to be prohibited from sharing information about themselves and other employees in the mass media or on the Internet if this information allows others to reveal their belonging to the state security bodies.
The bill also allows FSO to use airports, seaports and other similar infrastructure objects without payment and to receive air and sea travel assistance for free. FSO will also receive a right to stop passage of transport and pedestrians crossing passageway for the state security bodies.
If the draft law is adopted, the employees of the state security bodies will receive a right to use weapons if there are sufficient grounds for such a measure. If absolutely necessary and if special means or weapons can’t be used, these employees will have a right to use any improvised means, including transport ones.