Putin allowed Defense Ministry to seize land for its needs
Vladimir Putin granted the Ministry of Defense the right to seize the land for state needs. Previously, the FSB and FSO had got the right to seize lands for state needs.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree according to which the Ministry of Defense of the country got the right to seize the land that is needed for the construction of defense facilities.
In accordance with the document published on the portal of legal information, an additional clause was added to the Regulation on the Ministry of Defense, according to which the department "takes decisions within its competence on reservation and on the seizure of land for state needs of the Russian Federation for the purposes of construction and reconstruction of defense facilities."
The same decree expanded the powers of the Ministry of Defense in the sphere of construction of defense facilities. Prior to making changes, the agency had the right to issue only permits for the construction of "defense and security facilities that are part of the military infrastructure of the Armed Forces".
Under the new rules, the Ministry of Defense will be able to issue permits for the construction and commissioning of "defense and security facilities" that are not only included in the military infrastructure of the Armed Forces, but also the troops of the National Guard (Rosgvadia).
In March 2017, Putin signed a decree granting the Federal Guard Service the right to seize lands for state needs. In May, the Federal Security Service got the same right.