Officials will oblige to report about accounts in social networks under the threat of dismissal

Deputies Andrei Lugovoi (LDPR) and Vladimir Burmatov (“United Russia”) has proposed to require state and municipal officials, and citizens applying for these positions to report their accounts in social networks.

Relevant amendments were made to the government bill clarifying eligibility requirements for state and municipal employees. On Thursday 16 June, the relevant Committee on local government supported the proposal of the deputies. The Duma proposed to consider the bill with amendments approved on June 22.

Under the new articles, which in the case of the adoption of the draft will appear in the laws on state civil service and municipal service, the employer has to be provided “information about the addresses of sites and pages of sites on the Internet, in which “the employee was placed publicly available information and data allowing them to identify”.

A citizen gets a job, an officer, is all the data about your presence on the Internet for three years before entering the service. But the current servant — annually until April 1, with the exception of cases of public information in the performance of official duties. If such data is not given, the state and municipal employees may be dismissed, and candidates for these positions will not be considered for the job, follows from amendments.

On Thursday evening the phone Burmatov did not respond. Lugovoi declined to comment. The deputies have already made such a proposal in a separate bill in early may (he was recalled). Then in the explanatory Memorandum to the bill, they noted that the proposal “is aimed at improving transparency of state and municipal management”. According to the authors of the initiative, this control will allow you to “create conditions for… eliminate destructive conflict in the relationship of “power — subordination”. In particular, according to deputies, the monitoring networks of officials, their leaders will help the fight against corruption. The authors referred to the UN Convention on anti-corruption, in which public officials must submit declarations of outside activities, if she could provoke a conflict of interest.

On the one hand, openness to the public administration and for officials who implement it, a good thing, I’m sure the Director of the Center for technology of public administration of the Ranepa Vladimir Yuzhakov. On the other hand, he notes, is not very clear what goal you want to reach the authors of the document.

The authors focus on ensuring the loyalty of the official to his superiors, indicates Yuzhakov. “The loyalty of officials is among the requirements for official conduct. Confused only that is not written, how to be a distinction between information on the service behavior of the official and information about his personal life,” — said the expert.

He suggested that such an amendment can not only enhance the possibility of obtaining information on possible violations of officials, but also to create a lot of difficulties to protect legally protected personal life. “I can hardly understand, who after the adoption of this amendment will want to contact the official on the Internet — everyone who interacts with him will automatically fall under the hood of this control,” he added.