Parliamentarians and senators have finally focused on the country’s problem. The Federation Council held an unscheduled meeting on September 20 and discussed security measures in the country. The Duma considered the problem of terrorism on September 22. Some media reproached the Russian parliament for inability to do anything during the tragedy in Beslan. It seems that legislators have decided to show their significance. Senators invited FSB Director Nikolai Patrushev, Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev and Prosecutor-General Vladimir Ustinov. The meeting was held in private. In addition, senators established a special commission, which will investigate the cause of the school siege in Beslan.
Sergei Mironov, Speaker of the Federation Council, recently stated that the commission will inquire into all details of the Beslan tragedy. According to hi, the investigation will be unprejudiced, and its results will be announced.
In the meantime, the timing of the investigation has not been set; Mironov said that the commission will work as long as it needs to investigate all circumstances of the tragedy. In addition, members of the commission will be banned to make public statements until the end of the investigation.
It’s not obvious that all details of the terrorist act in Beslan will be announced. President Vladimir Putin recently stated that he does not consider it necessary to announce all details of the investigation carried out by the prosecutor’s office and investigators of the Interior Ministry and the FSB.
In the meantime, the investigation of the cause of the tragedy is just part of the work, which parliamentarians and senators must do. Victor Ozerov, secretary of the defense and security committee of the Federation Council, said that the upper house of the parliament is preparing around 40 bills. Some of them have already been passed I the first reading. Mr. Ozerov said a majority of these bills are aimed countering terrorism and ensuring security in Russia.
The upper house will also propose to revise a range of provisions of the Crime Code regarding investigations of criminal cases linked with terrorist acts. In addition, the parliament seeks to toughen punishment for terrorism and transportation of explosives. The Federation Council supports the idea of establishing the institution of confiscation of property belonging to people involved in terrorist acts. Parliamentarians and senators also seek to invalidate the moratorium on capital punishment.
In the meantime, on September 22 the Duma refused to consider a draft statement on the situation in the country in connection with the terrorist threat submitted by the Fatherland faction. Deputies proposed to sentence terrorists to capital punishment. In addition, the faction proposed to appoint senators of the Federation Council through elections.
Deputies of the Duma refused to invite President Putin to the meeting. Only 96 parliamentarians voted for the initiative to make Putin account for the latest terrorist acts.
In addition, parliamentarians refused to consider Vladimir Ryzhkov’s proposal to change the principles of establishing the parliamentary commission, which will investigate the Beslan tragedy. Ryzhkov wanted to join the commission as an independent deputy.
In other words, the pro-government majority in the Duma and the Federation Council make decisions, which the Kremlin dictates. It’s obvious that the Kremlin does not always make correct moves.