The Federal Law aims to enhance legal regulation of counterterrorism activity.
The Law makes amendments to the federal laws On Counterterrorism, On Transport Security, and On Security of Fuel and Energy Sector Facilities. The amendments clarify the grounds for carrying out counterterrorist operations, strengthen the binding nature of antiterrorist commissions’ decisions in the Russian regions, defines the powers of local government bodies in this area, and sets out cooperation procedures when investigating information on the threat of unlawful intervention in the operation of transport and energy sector infrastructure.
Amendments have also been made to the federal laws On Weapons, On Combating Legalisation (Laundering) of the Proceeds of Crime and Financing of Terrorism, On the Federal Security Service, On Foreign Intelligence, On Operations and Investigation Activity, On Communications, On Postal Communications, On Information, Information Technology and Information Protection, On Transport and Logistics Activity, and On Territorial Jurisdiction of District (Fleet) Military Courts, as well as to the Administrative Offences Code and the Air Code.
In particular, the provisions of the Law introduce a ban on using the basic components of combat and service firearms in production of certain categories of civilian arms and devices similar in their construction model to arms. The provisions clarify the definition of financing terrorism, establish the right of federal executive bodies responsible for security and the Russian Federation Foreign Intelligence Service to receive for free information systems and (or) data bases from state bodies and state extra-budgetary funds, and set additional demands on telecommunications providers and organisers of information dissemination in the internet and on organisation of transport and logistics activity.
The Law also makes amendments to the federal laws On Freedom of Conscience and Religious Associations, On Entry to and Exit from the Russian Federation, and the Russian Federation Housing Code as regards legal regulation of missionary activity.