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MOSCOW, February 04. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law on military police, approved by the State Duma lower house on January 24 and by the Federation Council upper house on January 29.
The document makes amendments to the legislation on the activity of Russian police within the Russian Armed Forces and outlines the framework of its organizational structure and activity.
The law says military police are intended to protect life, health, rights and freedoms of the military, civilian personnel, people on reserve in the Armed Forces, as well as to counter crime, ensure law and order, military discipline, security and traffic in the army and also to protect other legal relations in the defense sphere within the framework of its competence. The country’s defense minister is in command of military police, which are part of the country’s armed forces.
The defense minister determines organizational structure, staff and numerical strength of military police.
Military police are also vested with powers as a questioning body in the army and navy, as well as with authority to ensure security of injured parties, witnesses and litigating parties of criminal proceedings among servicemen.
The bill was signed into law on Monday, and was posted on Tuesday on the official news portal for legal information. The law says it comes into effect on the day it is published.
The law has made amendments to 13 regulatory acts.