Putin entitles FSB to take land from people for needs of state

Putin entitles FSB to take land from people for needs of state
Vladimir Putin

The document is published on the official website of legal information.

On Tuesday, May 16, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree authorizing the Federal Security Service (FSB) to seize land and property for needs of the state. The document is published on the official website of legal information. The decree comes into force on the day of signing.

The document provides for amendments to the provision on the FSB. The Service "takes decisions within its authority regarding seizure of land and/or property located there for the needs of the Russian Federation," TASS reported citing the document.

In March, the president entitled the Federal Guards Service (FGS) of Russia to make decisions on the seizure of land for state purposes. The document amended the provision on FSO, allowing the service to "take decisions on the seizure of land for state needs of the Russian Federation for the purposes of construction and reconstruction of federal facilities that are necessary to exercise the powers of the Russian FGS." The FGS used to have no right to seize the land, it could only use it indefinitely.

The service prepared the decree on its own allowing itself to seize land plots. An explanatory note to the document said that this was necessary to ensure the safety of state security facilities, which is one of FGS’s priority functions.

The FSB followed suit, writing a similar decree on land seizure for itself, which Putin signed on Tuesday. In February, the Federal Property Management Agency also got the same rights.

Russia has a simplified procedure for seizing land for state needs. It started with the Olympics preparations, followed by similar rules related to the APEC summit in Vladivostok, the expansion of Moscow and Kerch Bridge construction.

Meanwhile, members of the public expressed fears that seizures of private plots would be not so much in favor of the state as for new residences officials want to build in some nice places.

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