The institute of the Russian presidential plenipotentiary representatives can be reformed in the near future. The Kremlin wants the envoys to keep their political functions, and economic - to transfer to the Regional Development Ministry. It is planned to reform the Regional Development Ministry with this aim in view - separating from it an agency for territorial policy – also at the ministerial level.
Scandal over FSIN Wiretapping Linked with Struggle for Agency Head Post
Alexander Reimer decided to neutralise his first deputy Eduard Petrukhin as a dangerous contender.
The conflict within the leadership of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) will be settled in the next week or two, according to sources familiar with the situation. The situation is briefly as follows: incumbent FSIN head Alexander Reimer and his patron Justice Minister Alexander Konovalov are playing on the one side. Reimer seeks to take the post of the interior minister, and Konovalov would like to keep his post in the new government. Former Director of the Federal Penitentiary Service, currently a Federation Council member from the Penza Region Yuri Kalinin and Reimer’s first deputy Eduard Petrukhin, who has become the main person involved in the wiretapping scandal, are playing against them.
FSB to Check Richest Policemen
Practice shows that staff of secret department of Interior Ministry can cash on illegal wiretapping, hacker attacks.
The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) and the main department of internal security of the RF Interior Ministry have launched covert checks of policemen who in declarations disclosed their multi-million dollar revenues. The richest Russian police officer is Colonel Viktor Grigorov with an income 28 million roubles. He heads the secret “Z” department in the Bureau of Special Technical Measures (BSTM) of the Interior Ministry. His colleague - Deputy Chief of the Bureau Colonel Sergei Tolochko received an income of 22 million roubles. The officers’ incomes are seven to nine times higher than the income of Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev.