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Alexei Mayorov:

The capital is becoming safer

Head of the Moscow Department of Regional Security and Anti-Corruption Activities Alexei MAYOROV answered our questions in an exclusive interview.

Mr. Mayorov, safety is a multi-faceted issue. What are the responsibilities of the Department of Regional Security and Anti-Corruption Activities?

The Department of Regional Security and Anti-Corruption Activities carries out a wide range of analytical, economic and coordination functions.

Among other things, we monitor and analyze the implementation of state policy in the sphere of security and anti-corruption. It’s important to note that the Department also makes recommendations to amend regulations in this specific area.

The Department monitors security and the organization of security in the city. We analyze the state of law and order and public safety in the capital, then use the results to develop and implement security recommendations for the city government, including during public, mass entertainment, athletic and promotional events.

The Department of Regional Security and Anti-Corruption Activities also coordinated a number of mayor councils and commissions of Moscow.

For example, it is in charge of the Moscow Mayor Anti-Corruption Council, the city Anti-Narcotics and Anti-Terrorism Commissions, the Interdepartmental Commission of the Moscow Government on Gambling and Lotteries, the Moscow City headquarters of the Government of Moscow for the Coordination of Activities in the Field of Intellectual Property, Control Over the Circulation of Audio & Video Products and Computer Information Carriers, Combat the Sale of Counterfeit Products in the Field of Advanced Technology, Prevent and Combat Unauthorized Trade, Illegal Turnover of Alcohol Products, the Commission to Counteract Illegal Circulation of Industrial Products in the City of Moscow and others.

Moreover, the Department is responsible for cooperation between executive authorities of the city of Moscow with military authorities in addressing issues related to mandatory training of citizens for military service.

One of the most important functions of the department is combating corruption. This is why the department carries out the monitoring and verification of information about income, expenses, assets and property obligations of the city’s officials.

The department works to ensure the operation of the hybrid automated system “Safe City.” Within the scope of this project, we initiate research and analyze how private security organizations that provide state-funded security services for the capital’s facilities function.

It seems that there is no place on the planet that’s safe anymore. But the Russian capital is doing fine in this respect. Moscow is not a scary place to be. How does the city manage to create such a safe environment?

Moscow is a challenging city in terms of infrastructure. It’s important to understand that not all areas in Moscow are equally safe.

However, we can generally say that the capital is becoming safer overall, which is mostly due to interdepartmental cooperation.

As I said earlier, the department coordinates a lot of commissions and councils that address issues that are extremely important to the capital. Thus, ensuring safety is a detailed, large-scale program that takes into account the fact that the capital is always growing. The implementation of all measures allows us to ensure a safe environment.

A lot of immigrants from neighboring countries work in Moscow. Many people think that these workers present a threat to the city’s security. Do you agree with this?

Migrants are a threat to the city’s security only when they do not comply with Russian legislation. First and foremost, this means acquiring work permits.

The city does not issue work permits for migrants who have broken the law and persons who pose epidemiological risks (since a medical examination required to obtain a work permit). There is also mandatory Russian language tests, which relieves social tension and enables migrant workers to integrate into Russian society more quickly.

The Moscow government has ties with almost every capital in the world. Does the Department of Regional Security and Anti-Corruption Activities keep in touch and share experience with their foreign colleagues?

Of course. We take part in international events (roundtables, forums) several times a year. Lately, our foreign colleagues have become more interested in our interactive products, which leads us to conclude that Moscow is highly competitive in the field of security.

Two years ago, the Mayor made the decision to change the name if the Department of Regional Security and Anti-Corruption Activities. At that point, the department started to address issues of corruption as well. Why?

Yes, in 2016 the department was renamed from the Department of Regional Security to the Department of Regional Security and Anti-Corruption Activities of the City of Moscow.

The name change has to do with the extension of the department’s powers in the field of anti-corruption. This includes checking the validity and completeness of the information provided by persons holding public office in the city, information about their income, property belonging to them by right of ownership and their property obligations. We also check compliance with restrictions and prohibitions, requirements on the prevention and settlement of conflicts of interest, and the execution of their duties established by the legislation on civil service.

How much does corruption threaten Moscow’s development? Is there a concrete plan for combatting corruption? If so, could you tell us about it?

Even in a city like Moscow, where the economy is fairly stable, corruption is a strong recessive factor. It’s important to point out that one of the fundamental factors is the level of personal responsibility of citizens.

This is why investigating of citizen appeals on corruption-related offenses by civil servants is the second point on Moscow’s anti-corruption plan.

The first is the analysis and revision of regulatory acts of the Department that are aimed at combatting corruption.

The anti-corruption plan entails both working with government officials (checking income statements, developing regulations and guidelines) and monitoring compliance with legislation in the field of procurement and the implementation of anti-corruption regulations.

As the Head of the Department, do you have a dream? How would you like to see Moscow in 5-10 years?

Safe, with a stable economy and a developed infrastructure, including transport infrastructure. In short, a comfortable place for people of different cultures and faiths to live in.

 

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