Putin urges for thorough checks of candidates for MIA management posts
The head of state tends to believe that a number of last year's detentions of high-ranking officials overshadow honest policemen.
Giving a speech at the grand board of the MIA, Vladimir Putin stated the need for stricter requirements for those who claim leadership positions in the MIA. According to him, suspicions of serious crimes brought against the representatives of the department's senior management detained in 2016, became a "serious blow to the public authority of the internal affairs bodies", – Tass reports the president’s words.
The Russian leader claims that the current situation requires a thorough analysis of the reasons for the incident, the relevant conclusions and increased attention to strengthening the discipline among personnel, as well as more stringent requirements for those who apply for leadership positions. Moreover, the head of state emphasized that he strongly relies on the ministry's own security service.
At the same time Putin noted that almost half of all committed crimes in the country remain undisclosed, and the agency's potential is not used in full, including in such areas as the fight against corruption and the protection of citizens. He demanded the MIA to be more proactive in suppressing extremism and its penetration into the youth environment, in combating the channels of illegal migration and rudeness on the roads. The president especially singled out the crimes committed on the Internet, which extremists and radicals began to use more often. He also drew attention to groups in social networks promoting suicide, and supported the initiative to impose criminal liability for these actions.
On March, 7 it became known that the Moscow Garrison Military Court arrested lieutenant-general of the MIA Internal Troops Vyacheslav Varchuk, who was responsible for the formation of the budget of Rosgvardia. He is suspected of receiving a payoff for the allocation of additional funding of 250 million rubles ($4 mln) to one of the units of the internal troops. Earlier Colonel of the MIA Internal Troops Alexander Kostin was taken into custody as part of the investigation.
And the most high-profile case of last year was the detention of Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko, the head of "T" Directorate of the General Administration for Economic Security and Combatting the Corruption. During a search in his sister’s flat, bundles of money in different currencies for a total of 8 billion rubles ($136 mln) were revealed. Zakharchenko is accused of bribe-taking (Art. 290 of the Criminal Code), abuse of official powers (Art. 285 of the Criminal Code) and obstruction the implementation of carrying out of justice (Art. 294 of the Criminal Code).
Billionaire Viktor Vekselberg has repaid loans in the amount of $1 billion taken from the Western banks. Earlier, his Renova Group had received state support from Promsvyazbank. Renova representatives say they have repaid the loan with the company’s own funds.