State Duma explains initiative to restrict ex-FSB officers from leaving country

State Duma explains initiative to restrict ex-FSB officers from leaving country

Foreign intelligence agencies and radicals are actively searching for Russian security officials to recruit.

The State Duma approved in the first reading a bill restricting the former FSB officers to leave Russia, explaining this with concern for citizens. Abroad, especially in Georgia and Ukraine, work is underway to identify ex-employees of the Russian special services for recruitment. Ukrainian radicals attacking former and current security forces officers from the Russian Federation also constitute a danger, the head of the State Duma Committee on Security Vasily Piskarev said. 

“The Georgian and Ukrainian special services use, among other things, the threat of criminal prosecution for the fact that former FSB officers were persuaded to cooperate,” Rosbalt quoted Piskarev as saying.

According to him, abroad, the FSB officers, who participated in the suppression of particularly serious crimes, primarily attract attention to themselves. Deputies propose to ban special services from leaving the Russian Federation for a period of five years from the date of dismissal. The State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs proposed to extend the bill to employees of the Russian National Guard, the Foreign Intelligence Service and the Ministry of Defense.

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