Rus News Journal

The president has expanded powers of FSB the CONTEXT

Dmitry Medvedev yesterday has signed amendments to the law About federal security service and also to the Code about the administrative offences, expanding powers of employees of special service. Security officers can declare now official caution to any citizen if its intentions can be regarded as criminal. According to new amendments, caution is obligatory for execution and is taken out at fulfilment of the actions creating conditions for fulfilment of extremist crimes or menacing to national safety of Russia. In other cases when the citizen refuses to carry out legal requirement of the employee of FSB, it is threatened with penalties from 500 to 1 thousand rbl. or administrative arrest till 15 days if the court recognises correctness of security officers. Amendments have caused inconsistent reaction in a society. The legal experts repeatedly calling legislators and the president not to pass the law, consider that have not been heard. They are convinced that the new law unduly expands the rights of FSB and will be used for struggle with far-outers . For revision of amendments we have made that could - has informed the chairman of the council under human rights at the president of the Russian Federation Ella Panfilov. However, as she said, in spite of the fact that amendments have been approved, there is a monitoring practice pravoprimenenija the accepted laws which results can serve in the future as an occasion to revision of some legal certificates. With amendments to the law on FSB will be, possibly, the same. We will remind that the bill of amendments has been brought in the State Duma by the government signed by prime minister Vladimir Putin, and Dmitry Medvedev declared that they are developed under its personal instructions. Olga Baykalov