Civil servants have until 1 April 2017 to inform employers about their social media accounts. These requirements are contained in the amendments to the law “On state civil service”, which took the previous state Duma (VI convocation) in the last days of its work, reports the BBC Russian service with reference to the Ministry of labour.

According to the amendments, the report of officials accounts need to be annual. Those who pretend to the position of the civil service, are obliged to report on their online activity over the previous three years.

The requirement of the law apply to employees of administration and Executive office of the President, employees of units of government, state Duma, Federation Council, Supreme and constitutional courts, and the officials of the Prosecutor General and office of the Investigative Committee. In addition, the report will have the staff of the Ministry of Deputy Minister and below. The President, Prime Minister, Ministers, deputies and senators under this act are not covered.

The students believe that the requirement for civil servants to report their accounts, “not oppressive.” “It will make officials more clearly understand the implications of their statements”, – said the Deputy Director of Department of state policy in the sphere of state and municipal service, combating corruption Leonid Vakhnin.

According to him, to Express their point of view to officials, no one stops, but “it must not be offensive”. “The changes are intended to increase the responsibility of civil servants and to motivate them to more respect to the citizens as service and off duty time” – said Vakhnin.

Although the requirement to report on accounts are introduced only now, the cases when officials have been fired for posts on social networks have been. So, in August 2014 was dismissed Deputy Minister of economic development Sergey Belyakov as saying that he was ashamed of the freezing of pensions in 2015. According to the official wording, the Deputy head of the Ministry had been dismissed for “violation of the law about state service”. “Civil servant is prohibited to allow public statements, judgments and estimates, including the media, concerning activity of state bodies, their heads, including decisions of higher state body,” stated in a published government document.

Yet another victim of the activity in social networks became the Vice-Governor of Orel region Alexander Ryavkin. Successfully met New year in the Czech Republic the official decided to brag about it in Facebook, posting a photo from a restaurant, than has caused indignation of the Russian Internet audience. The officer later removed the post, but he still had to resign.

In addition, the scandals turned the publication in social networks left by the Governor of the Tver region Dmitry Zelenin (about the worm in Kremlin salad) and Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg Igor Albinism (Council to the residents themselves to remove the snow).

In 2013 unsuccessfully distinguished Krasnodar Governor Alexander Tkachev: for a given Twitter question of the Kuban engineer medical devices how to live on 15 thousand roubles a month, the officer gave advice to “not as Governor, but as man to man”: “to Change jobs” and not whining.

In September this year, the disgraced now former press Secretary of the Investigative Committee of Russia Vladimir Markin, who has published the book “The loudest crimes of the XXI century in Russia”, and in response to accusations of plagiarism had called the correspondent “the New newspaper” Hope Prusenkova, calling it in his Twitter “zhurnalistskoe”. Markin later apologized before Prusenkova.

In an unpleasant situation because of the publications in social networks was the current head of the Russian government Dmitry Medvedev. In 2011, when President Medvedev, in the midst of protests in Moscow in his Twitter for a few minutes there was a record with swearing about the “sheep” at rallies. In September 2016, Medvedev again drew attention to their statements on the Internet. In the account of the head of the government in a Twitter message dedicated to the construction of a bridge to Crimea, and it says that after the construction of the “Crimea will finally be ours”. Later the record was deleted.

Officials will be forced to report on the pages in social networks 25.11.2016

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