New concerns police: what will the transition of the FMS and the Federal drug control service under the Ministry of internal Affairs

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, April 5, announced the submission of Federal service on control over drug trafficking (FSKN) and the Federal migration service (FMS) the Ministry of internal Affairs of Russia (MVD). Both the liquidated departments after joining the Ministry of internal Affairs to implement its long-standing plans — increase of powers.


The issue of merger of the FDCS and the Ministry of internal Affairs was discussed more than a year. As reported by a source close to the presidential administration, against the elimination of FDCS has been the head of Department Victor Ivanov. To head FSKN, Ivanov was appointed in may 2008, prior to that, he worked for a long time in the administration of President Vladimir Putin, in particular from 2004 to 2008 he held the position of assistant to the President on personnel matters.

The last few years, Federal drug control service tried to expand the sphere of its interests, in particular, the Agency wanted to monopolize the field of rehabilitation and socialization of drug addicts. Even the Federal drug control service has developed a national program that involves the Union under the auspices of about 500 FDCS available in Russian rehabilitation centers. They, as planned, were to have the opportunity to receive grants from the state to help drug addicts. Originally for these purposes the Federal drug control service requested from the state more than 150 billion rubles. Subsequently, the projected expenditure for the program was reduced to 1.5 billion.

The authority to provide financial and organizational support to NGOs rehabilitation Department has received in August 2014 by the decree of Putin. But to realize the program of Ivanov and did not work, because the Finance Ministry refused to allocate the money. Failed Federal drug control service and approve the relevant service act, which was developed in 2013. This law significantly expanded the powers of the service: the Agency wanted to conduct medical examination, to pass an order to companies and individual entrepreneurs to “take measures to prevent illicit trafficking of drugs”, and even through the court to suspend the operation of the companies, if they did not fulfill the requirement of the service.

But for their main work — counter — drug FDCS were criticized by experts who compared the performance of the service with indicators of the Ministry of internal Affairs. Police officers involved in disclosure of minor drug-related crimes, or crimes of medium gravity. The experts of the St. Petersburg Institute of problems of law enforcement in the report on the effectiveness of the two agencies, noted that the Ministry of internal Affairs ahead of the Federal drug control service in the quantity of solved crimes, and ahead of the Federal drug control service of the Ministry of interior in the volumes of confiscated drugs.

In the spring of 2015 Ivanov, commenting on the rumors about a possible reorganization of his Department, said that the interior Ministry higher rates for the ordinary detention of drug users, but in sight of FDCS is a major suppliers and distributors of drugs. “90% of all bulk drugs withdraws exactly the Federal drug control service”, — stressed Ivanov.

What will happen with 7000 thousand employees of Federal drug control service reported in the state Department, is unclear. About layoffs in the Federal drug control service Putin at a meeting with representatives of the departments weren’t told, he simply stated that “the entire structure will be self-sufficient to work independently, but within the framework of the Ministry of internal Affairs”. In the Federal drug control service in mid-January announced that they are upgrading their structure, and staffing.

What the structural subdivision will be created in the Ministry of internal Affairs in connection with the Federal drug control service, has not yet been announced. Before the creation of the Federal drug control service drug control in the Ministry of interior was elaborated by the Department for combating drug trafficking (GUBEN). After the dissolution were created regarding drug management in the Directorate-General of the criminal investigation Department and special departments in the regions. As wrote “Kommersant”, after the liquidation of the Federal drug control service is to be transferred to police in the criminal investigation division. In addition, according to the newspaper, and discussed the possibility of recreating GUBEN.


The FMS became an independent division in 2004, when the Agency resigned from the Ministry of internal Affairs. In recent years, FMS have complained that service is not included in the number of law enforcement agencies and does not possess the functions necessary to work with migrants, explains a source in the FMS. Last week about the lack of authority at the round table in the Public chamber told the Deputy chief of Department of monitoring of the Department on organization of work with foreign citizens of the FMS Hope Voronin.

In the spring of 2014 the Federal migration service has drafted a bill “On immigration control” that significantly expands the authority of agencies and turning it into a full-fledged power structure. If this law was approved by the state Duma and signed by the President, officers would conduct inspections of legal entities to cancel the license and withdraw permission from employers. In addition, Agency staff would be entitled to initiate and investigate criminal cases on the fact of illegal migration, to check the documents of citizens and to use weapons.

The competence of the FMS until its liquidation was part of the issues of granting citizenship, issuing visas to enter Russia, issuance of passports to citizens of the Russian Federation, deportation and an entry ban for immigration law violators. The leadership of the Ministry consists of representatives of law enforcement agencies. Three of the eight deputies of the head of the FMS Konstantin Romodanovsky come from state security bodies, as he did, three more came from the interior Ministry.

In the FMS following the reduction in staff numbers in the summer of 2015 worked 36 thousand people. We already know that FMS will reduce another 30%: this is stated in the decree of Putin about the merger structures. The fact of the return of the Federal migration service in the Ministry of internal Affairs does not mean that “an independent state was considered a failure,” said the President’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “Just a result of an internal study came to the conclusion that at this stage more appropriate this structure,” — said Peskov.

The fate of the current head of the FMS Romodanovsky will solve Putin, said Tuesday the Deputy head of the FMS Ekaterina Egorova.

The President of Fund “Migration XXI century”, former Deputy Director FMS Vyacheslav Postavnin, in conversation with has noticed that the decision to merge the agencies were asking for a long time, because lately some of the functions of the migration service received the Ministry of the interior. According to him, there are two options for submission to the FMS of the Ministry of interior. The first option assumes that the FMS remains a service but under the Ministry of internal Affairs and the head of the migration Department becomes the Deputy Minister of internal Affairs.

“The second option is that FMS will become, in essence, to the passport and visa centre at the Ministry of internal Affairs, which it was before. The function of control over migrants and regulation of migration then you need to give someone, because this the Ministry of internal Affairs was not involved,” adds Somers. According to him, the function of issuing patents to labour migrants can be given or regions, as in Moscow or the Ministry of labor.

After joining the Ministry of internal Affairs of the FMS in some degree realized his desire to expand the powers, says Postavnin. But these powers — an inquiry, interrogation, operational work — staff services, probably, do not need, I am sure Postavnin. Direct work with migrants, in his opinion, will deal with the police precinct, cops, etc., since the FMS will focus on passport and visa work.