New federal law on the police signed in Russia

On February 7, 2011, the President of the Russian Federation signed the new Federal Law on Police. The Law, which was proposed by the President last year, will enter into force on March 1, 2011. It appears that the main novelty of the Law is the renaming of the law enforcement force from the current “militia” to “police.” While the new Law specifies that as of March 1, 2011, new police officers will be required to introduce themselves as police when interacting with citizens and to have name tags displayed on a newly designed uniform, the nature of the force remains the same.Rules on the conduct of police services are not defined by this Law and will be outlined in ministerial acts, to be adopted in future. However, the Law states that the monthly salary of a police officer will be no less than the equivalent of US$1,500.

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