January 6, 2018 – FRN –
President of Russia Vladimir Putin, by decree, has dismissed 10,000 officers of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. We are talking about traffic police: the inspection staff will eventually be reduced by almost 20 percent.
The decree determining the new maximum number of staff of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Vladimir Putin signed on December 31, 2017. The document is published on the official portal of legal information.
The maximum number of Russian internal affairs agencies funded from the federal budget is set at 894,871 units from January 1, 2018, including 746,859 employees of the internal affairs bodies of Russia, 171,99 federal state civil servants, and 130,813 other employees. By a previous decree in September 2016, Vladimir Putin reduced the Interior Ministry staff by 163,000 people, setting a maximum staffing of 904, 871 units. Thus, the current reduction has affected 10 thousand people.
According to the order of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the employees who are being disestablished will now will have the opportunity to continue their service in other divisions. According to Mikhail Pashkin, head of the Moscow police trade union, mass reductions in the traffic police are caused by gradual changes in the agency itself, which has become more technologically advanced in recent years.
“With the advent of thousands of cameras on the roads, the introduction of the Potok system and other changes, living employees are less and less necessary, of course, they are necessary for escorting superiors, blocking roads, serious accidents, but very many functions can already be performed by technology,”he said.
“It is important to note that the decree deals with a large number of vacancies, not just with living people,” Pashkin said, “in many departments these vacant posts will simply be removed, but those who still fall under the category, of course, can try to stay in the Ministry of Internal Affairs in other departments. “