Ulyanovsk officials to face lie-detector tests for involvement in corruption, extremism and organized crime
Civil servants dealing in public procurement are to be examined first. Interestingly, the officials have the right to refuse the polygraph test for a number of reasons.
Ulyanovsk Governor Sergey Morozov ordered to check the administration officials on a polygraph for corruption, links with criminal communities and extremism.
Sergey Morozov signed a decree obliging those entering the civil service to take a lie detector test. The Governor is convinced that polygraph testing will make the anti-corruption efforts more efficient. The new decree will also require regular testing of officials "to identify risk factors." The risk factors are understood as "incidents of corruption-related offenses, links with criminal communities, membership in extremist organizations, religious and public associations of destructive nature, and office abuse."
Kommersant stated that in 2013, the Governor had already introduced polygraph examinations. However, since then the local government has given no reports on the inspections or their results. The new order broadened the list of those who would need to undergo the examination: starting from department heads of the local administration to the governor himself, as well as the heads of local government agencies and institutions, and a number of other officials.
What is remarkable about the testing is its voluntary participation. Any official has the right to wave the lie detector check submitting a refusal in writing and specifying the reasons. The refusal "is not considered as confirmation that there are risk factors".
The first checks will begin on April 1. First of all, they will involve officials dealing in public procurement.