Russia's FSB to have permanent advisers abroad under planned law

President Vladimir Putin has introduced a bill to authorize the Federal Security Service (FSB) to send advisers to foreign countries for indefinite periods to help them fight trans-border crime, the president's office said in a statement.

The draft law, put before the State Duma, is supplemented with an explanatory note mentioning that the FSB has cooperation agreements with intelligence and law enforcement services in Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Kyrgyzstan, and saying that Russia plans pacts of the same kind with other countries.

The current agreements allow the FSB to delegate advisers to those countries for periods of three to six months, but there is no provision for advisers to be posted there on a permanent basis, while frequent rotations impede crime prevention efforts, the note says.

On the other hand, NATO member states widely send intelligence and security personnel abroad for purposes of consultancy, information exchange and joint operations.

FSB Deputy Director Yury Gorbunov was appointed as presidential representative at parliamentary debates on the planned law, which would make an amendment to Article 13 of the law "On the Federal Security Service."

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