FSB removed from its website information about management’s income for ten years

The FSB of Russia has removed from its website information about the income, expenses and property of the leadership of the special service from 2009 to 2019, according to Open Media.

Income declarations disappeared from the corresponding section on the FSB website. This happened in the last month – as early as April 22, judging by the  archived version of the page, the old declarations of the FSB director Alexander Bortnikov and his deputies were present in this section.

The FSB also became the only Russian agency that did not publish management’s income statements for 2020.

A source of Open Media close to the leadership of one of the FSB departments said that the department took advantage of the recently adopted law , which allows to hide personal data on the property of employees of special services, law enforcement and control bodies, judges and their relatives.

The source of the publication claims that the secret service concealed the declarations, including in connection with investigations about the role of the FSB in the poisoning of Alexei Navalny and about the property of high-ranking officials of the department.

The FSB public relations center did not respond to the publication’s request.

In 2015, Novaya Gazeta reported that in the mid-2000s, FSB generals, including the director of the special services Alexander Bortnikov, sold land on Rublevka that belonged to a health camp for children of KGB officers. According to the publication, Bortnikov could earn about $ 2.5 million on this.

In January 2018, the anti-corruption website Russiangate published information about the real estate of the head of the FSB worth 200-300 million rubles. Four hours after the publication, Roskomnadzor blocked the Russiangate website, and the publication closed the next day.

(C)MEDUZA 2021

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