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Russia's Duma OKs more power for security service

Russia's Duma OKs more power for security service

Russia's lower house of parliament has approved a bill that would widen the powers of the Federal Security Service, the KGB's main successor agency.
The bill would allow the agency to issue warnings to people suspected of preparing to commit crimes. Critics say this power could be used to intimidate government opponents and stifle protests.
The draft law has raised strong alarm among democracy activists and human rights groups. A coalition of activists has sent an appeal to the upper house of parliament not to approve the bill.
The bill was approved in the State Duma on Friday by a vote of 354-96. Members of the Communist and A Just Russia parties voted against it.
President Dmitry Medvedev defended the bill Thursday, saying it was introduced at his initiative.


Updated : 2021-05-17 20:15 GMT+08:00