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Vladimir Kolokoltsev congratulated employees and veterans of Divisions for Economic Security and Combating the Corruption on 80th anniversary of Service

Today the Russian MIA held the ceremonial meeting dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the establishment of the Service for Economic Security and Combating the Corruption of the Russian MIA.

The event was attended by Minister of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation General of Police of the Russian Federation Vladimir Kolokoltsev, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Vladimir Vasilyev, Acting Governor of the Yaroslavl Region Dmitry Mironov, Chairman of the Russian Council of Veterans of the Internal Affairs Bodies and Internal Troops Ivan Shilov, representatives of governmental authorities and public organizations.

Vladimir Kolokoltsev congratulated employees of the Service on the holiday and noted that the complexity of the tasks set to them requires high professional excellence and full commitment. “The work of the Divisions for Economic Security and Combating the Corruption is always in the focus of increased public attention. The conscientious fulfillment of your job duties is essential for welfare and well-being of every citizen and of the entire country in general,” said the Minister.

“In 2016, employees of the Service detected nearly 70,000 economic and corruption-related crimes. The estimated financial damage within the completed criminal cases totaled 298 billion rubles,” stressed the Chief of the Ministry.

Vladimir Kolokoltsev expressed special gratitude to the veterans, having emphasized that they had been greatly contributing to the creation and strengthening of the best traditions and improvement of the young specialists' skills.

For the achievements in the service, the Minister presented awards, certificates of merit and valuable gifts to best employees of the Divisions for Economic Security and Combating the Corruption. The event was closed by the concert of masters of art.

Reference information from the history of the Service:

The Department for Combating Theft of Socialist Property and Speculation (the famous OBKhSS) was established on March 16, 1931 subject to the top‑secret Order of the People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs of the USSR. Since then, the service BKhSSGeneral Administration for Economic Security and Combating the Corruption has been fighting white-collar and economic crimes consistently, committedly and everywhere, reliably protecting economic security of the state.

The first such division was established in Moscow. A while later, similar divisions were also formed in other cities and regions of the former USSR. At the start of their creation, the BKhSS units combated theft of socialist property, coinage offence, speculation in the systems of state trade, consumers', producers' and foreign currency cooperation. They fulfilled such specific functions as day-to-day management of 'Zagotzerno' localities and investigation of cases on wrecking.

Beginning from 1941, the Service was also in charge of combating coinage offence, wrecking in trade, cooperative and procurement organizations, as well as thefts in savings banks. In 1941, the OBKhSS also became responsible for the fight against smuggling.

During the hard postwar period, employees of the BKhSS suppressed thefts at enterprises and organizations. The experience accumulated, and by late 1950s the materials on investigation of economic crimes were already used as guidance in practical work of the internal affairs bodies. As the Soviet economy formed and developed, the divisions for combating economic crimes experienced a complex process of their evolvement, while the methods and forms of investigation-and-search and crime prevention activities were improving.

The period of late 1980s is known for the profound restructuring of the entire economy of the state and the shift from the state-planned economy to the market model. The process of the economy reorganization also impacted the service for combating economic crimes that started focusing on protection of all types of property, both public and private. In addition, activities of cooperators, sole proprietors, marketing representatives, and business leaders became an area requiring new approaches and methods to fight crime.

The collapse of the USSR opened a new page in Russia's history. It was characterized by unprecedented rise in crime, clandestine business, and corruption. The service for combating economic crimes was in a very difficult situation. However, actions speak better than words. The investigative work brought its results. Only in 1991, the amount of bribes detected by the divisions for combating economic crimes (BEP) totaled 3 billion rubles.

In the conditions of different economic systems, the service of employees of the BKhSS, then renamed into the BEP, and now called the General Administration for Economic Security and Combating the Corruption has always been very important. Today, employees of the divisions for economic security of the Russian MIA continue solving serious and especially serious economic crimes, suppress misappropriation of budget funds, and protect manufacturers and owners against organized crime.

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