Putin has reduced number of Ministry of Internal Affairs by 163 thousand people
The Russian President signed a decree that reduces the maximum number of employees of law enforcement bodies as a whole and the Central Office of the Interior Ministry in particular. The decree published on the legal information portal.
The maximum number of staff of internal affairs agencies of the Russian Federation (without personnel for the protection and maintenance of buildings), funded by budgetary allocations of the federal budget, is set in the amount of 904,881 units, according to the decree.
The previous presidential decree from 7 July 2016 limited the number of full-time employees of the Interior Ministry on about 1,068 million people.
The same decree the number of the central apparatus of the Ministry of Interior (not for the protection of personnel and maintenance of buildings) is set in the amount of 6714 units. Earlier, in the central apparatus of the Ministry of Interior it was permitted 7475 staff members.
In addition, the presidential decree stipulates that the Head of the Interior Ministry is allowed to have six deputies, not seven, as it has been until now.
The decree comes into force on 1 October 2016.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs previous major reform took place in 2009-2011. Then all the personnel department, renamed from the police to the police, forced to undergo certification. Not recertified were dismissed.
In April 2016 the Federal Service for Drug Control (Federal Drug Control Service) and the Federal Migration Service (FMS) were disbanded. The authority departments and staff numbers were transferred to the Ministry of Interior. Some employees of the abolished agencies went to work in law-enforcement bodies.
It was assumed that the former employees of the Federal Drug Control Service will be able to go to the service in the Interior Ministry without re-certification and probation. However, several thousand employees of this department could not immediately move to a new job.
Major general Igor Vasiliev, Head of the Engineering Support Service of the Federal Protection Service (FPS), and lieutenant general Ulitin subordinate to him are currently in the middle of a scandal. However, it is unlikely that they lose their posts. Reportedly, the two generals are just the tip of the huge corruption iceberg in the law enforcement structures. This is not the first embezzlement episode in their careers.