The Russian Parliament approved the third reading of the bill, under which employees of the Federal security Service (FSB) are allowed to open fire when «a significant accumulation of citizens», reported on the official website of the lower house of the state Duma.
This bill was initiated by a group of senators headed by Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on defense Viktor Ozerov and passed in its first reading on 15 December this year, reminds the website NEWSru.com. Today the hearings on the bill in the agenda did not appear and were undertaken at the suggestion of the Deputy Chairman of the security Committee of the United Russia party, Ernest Valeev.
In the third reading a new law voted 343 the Deputy, two opposed and one abstained. According to Valeev, the amendments are necessary to harmonize the application of force and special means.
The law States that from now on, the FSB may enter any premises to ensure public safety during the riots, and to use firearms with considerable gathering of people to prevent terrorist attacks and releasing hostages. The amendment to the law on the state border of Russia also allowed the use of weapons against women and minors if they commit a terrorist attack.
In addition, in the framework of this law the FSB is prohibited not by contact with foreigners, foreign media, international organizations and NGOs recognized as foreign agents. Their wives and minor children are prohibited to open and operate accounts in foreign banks, to use foreign financial instruments and foreign real estate, «if it’s not due to the decision of problems operatively-office activity».
The law also entitles the members of the security services to take fingerprints of people crossing the state border of the Russian Federation, if such persons signs that indicate the possibility of inducement to terrorist activities, recruiting or otherwise engaging in terrorist activities,» according to the new wording of the bill, cited by TASS.
State Duma Deputy Dmitry Gudkov, who voted against the bill, believes that it is aimed at citizens in General and opposition in particular, who will become a victim of arbitrariness of the security services,