No merging of FSB, Federal Protective Service, and Foreign Intelligence Service into single agency

No merging of FSB, Federal Protective Service, and Foreign Intelligence Service into single agency
Aleksandr Bortnikov and Sergey Ivanov

A number of influential officials did not support the idea of merging the FSB, the Federal Protective Service, and the Foreign Intelligence Service into one agency. This includes Sergey Ivanov, a former head of the Presidential Administration.

“A number of influential officials did not support” the idea that had been discussed for two years, according to Kommersant’s source in the administration of one of the federal agencies.

The idea was to merge the FSB, the Federal Protective Service, and the Foreign Intelligence Service into one agency, according to the source. Aleksandr Bortnikov could be transferred to the Security Council in such a scenario, while Sergey Naryshkin, the head of the Foreign Intelligence Service, would become the head of the new agency.

However, the people who “believed that intelligence and counterintelligence services should operate separately” won, according to the source. Sergey Ivanov, the President’s special advisor for ecology and environmental protection and a former head of the Presidential Administration, was one of the people who opposed the idea. He voiced his opinion on the matter during an October 2016 interview to Moskovsky Komsomolets, noting that “there are no upsides to such an idea.”

Let us remind you that the news about the idea to create an agency similar to the KGB was reported in September 2016. Preparation for implementation of the idea began soon after the Russian President disbanded the Federal Migration Service and the Federal Drug Control Service whose functions were delegated to the MIA, while the National Guard was established using the infrastructure of the domestic forces and some agencies of the Department of Internal Affairs, according to Kommersant.

The National Security Ministry could be created through the merging of the FSB, the Federal Protective Service, and the Foreign Intelligence Service even before the 2018 presidential elections, according to the publication’s source.

The idea provided for the ICR becoming subordinate to the Prosecutor General’s Office, the same source noted. The Office of Investigations of the National Security Ministry would be given its status to be able to investigate high-profile cases currently investigated by the ICR and the MIA.

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