Putin will oblige the governors to test municipal employees on corruption


Presidential amendments received in the lower chamber on Thursday evening, December 15, and are available in the database of the state Duma. According to the document about income and assets will be required to report “persons holding municipal positions and certain positions in municipal service”, confirmed the Deputy Chairman of the Committee on security and combating corruption, United Russia Anatoly Election,

“So we build a unified anti-corruption vertical in all organs and in all branches of government,” — emphasizes the MP.

Control over the veracity of the information the President’s bill imposes on the governors. In the case of providing false information, a city official, the head of region can apply for early termination of powers of the employee in the local authority or the court.

Another innovation in the amendments is the requirement to provide information to the Russians, entering the universities, subordinate bodies of security in the Executive branch.

In the summer of 2016, a scandal erupted when alumni of the Academy of the FSB staged in Moscow at the expensive cars-SUVs Mercedes Gelendwagen. The scandal has become a cause for official investigation of the FSB in respect of graduates and the leadership Academy. “Their demonstrative indiscreet personal behavior <…> caused fair indignation of citizens and a sharp condemnation of the military personnel of security agencies to violate the code of ethics and business conduct”, — said the FSB.

When this President made the amendments give state and municipal employees to freely be members of non-profit organizations, cottage and garage cooperatives and condominiums. The strict prohibition was not, said the Deputy Election, “the amendment clearly prescribes that there is no conflict of interest.” Officials will be able to guide NGOs, but only on “Pro Bono and in my free time,” added the member.

“Participation in the management of political parties these persons, state and municipal servants are allowed without any restrictions”, — stated in the law.

Also in the leadership of public organizations will be easier to participate the military and the security forces, if these NGOs is aimed at “the development of military-applied and sluzhebno-applied kinds of sports”.

The governors control over income of municipal officials is a further step for a serious strengthening of the power vertical, said political analyst Alexei Makarkin. “Steps in this direction are made constantly, not all cities are choosing mayors, to be appointed by the city Manager. But to enter a full vertical, for example, to the mayor of a major city was Deputy Governor, it is impossible, since Russia acceded to the Charter of local self-government. Because just further reinforce control,” he said. While Makarkin notes that the majority of the population it will support.

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