There will be even less room for independent thought and free discussion among Russian public sector employees as the Kremlin signals it wants to crack down on potential dissent in ministries, state enterprises and the civil service.
In the near future, positions on “information and politics” will be created in all key institutions, say members of the Russian presidential administration.
Those appointed to lead the work will serve as deputy heads of the respective state structures, reports Kommersant.
Among their main responsibilities will be to report on the “emotional climate” and moods of employees, the newspaper informs with reference to sources in the Kremlin.
They will also ensure that government bodies follow Putin’s propaganda.
The step comes as Putin and his presidential administration reportedly revealed serious “loyalty issues” in a number of key government structures.
An employee of a state-controlled organization told Kommersant that a number of people have already been appointed to ensure that employees support the armed forces and that pro-war “visual content” is displayed in the organization.
“At the moment they are not forcing us, but suggesting that we put these posters in the premises,” said the person concerned. It also confirms that employees are encouraged to participate in patriotic flash mobs, sporting events and other activities that show their support for the armed forces.
The establishment of the new units is a throwback to the practice applied in Soviet times, when informants from virtually all walks of life reported potential “deviations” from state ideology and practice. Politics.
A similar system has already been active for several years in the Russian armed forces. In 2018, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu created the main military-political authority to ensure that patriotic propaganda and agitation are followed in all military units.
The authority also works on “the formation of the personal intellectual conviction of soldiers”, informs the Russian armed forces.
As of 2018, the Authority was headed by Andrei Kartapolov. As the general was elected to the State Duma in 2021, the leadership of the Authority was transferred to General Gennady Zhidko.
Kartapolov today chairs the State Duma Committee on Defense.