Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russia: New Law – Police Win Right to Close Internet Sites

Posted by Info on 01/03/2011

A new police law coming into force 1st March 2011 give officers the right to take down web sites without a court order.

While some insist that ANY change is long overdue; for others, it’s purely cosmetic.

“The very fact that there were so many accidents with police officers behaving illegally during the previous years in Russia, this very fact is not going to be changed by the law change, because these illegal practices contradict the previous legislations as well as the new one,evaluates Boris Kagarlitsky, director of the Institute of Globalization and Social Movements. “The big question is whether there is the political will to really take it under control.”

The police themselves though, are preparing for the changes to come.
Everyone will be tested. Physical abilities, knowledge of the new laws, civic duties – all those are included in the exams. There will be a 20 per cent cut in personnel, but the remaining officers will get a pay raise.

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