Two things pop out rather quickly from this restructuring of the Kremlin administration. There is a new structure specifically devoted to,
- Information Technology
It is unclear, as of this point, if the meaning has been lost in translation, or if it is just muddied. It is unclear if these are related to information warfare, cyber warfare, both, or, as the document also adds, to e-commerce. It is also unclear if this is part of Dr. Panarin’s recent initiative, A Russian Information Warfare Proposal or if this is separate. As the “Adviser to the Office of Information Programs of CSTO Secretariat Igor Panarin“, he is closely associated with Information Security as well as a chief advisor for information warfare. It is also unsaid if Igor Panarin has an office within this new administration.
June 14, 13:59UTC + 3
The president reorganized four departments, which had new functions. In addition, one management changed its name
MOSCOW, June 14. / TASS /. President Vladimir Putin, five weeks after joining the highest state post, optimized the structure of his administration. The head of state reorganized four departments, assigning new additional duties to them, one management replaced the name.
“To reorganize the Office of the President of the Russian Federation on the application of information technologies and the development of e-democracy, transforming it into the Presidential Office for the Development of Information and Communication Technologies and Communication Infrastructure and entrusting it including the activities of the President of the Russian Federation on public policy in the development of digital infrastructure, as well as on the application of information and communication technologies, “- said in the decree of the head of state” On measures to optimize the structure of a the President of the Russian Federation. ” The text of the document was handed over by the TASS press service of the Kremlin. Also, the head of state approved the provision on the Office for the Development of Information and Communication Technologies and Communication Infrastructure.
Among the reorganized offices are the Department for Internal Policy, the Expert Department, the Office of the President of the Russian Federation for Public Projects and the Office for Ensuring the Activities of the State Council. Thus, the Internal Policy Directorate is now entrusted “including the preparation within its competence, the generalization and submission to the President of the Russian Federation and the head of the presidential administration of the Russian Federation of proposals on the identification of priority areas of state policy in the field of local government development, on improving the general principles of organizing local self-government, as well as the organization and provision of interaction between the President of the Russian Federation and local self-government bodies and municipalities formations “.
The issues of digital technologies and technological development Putin handed over to his expert management. “To reorganize the Expert Administration of the President of the Russian Federation, entrusting him, among other things, with ensuring the activities of the President of the Russian Federation on the application of digital technologies, as well as on issues of technological development,” the presidential decree says.
The document notes that the reforms were carried out “in order to optimize the structure of the presidential administration and the implementation of the President’s Address to the Federal Assembly of March 1, 2018”.
“To establish that the general management of the activities of the Presidential Administration for Internal Policy, the Office of the President of the Russian Federation to ensure the activities of the State Council of the Russian Federation, the Office of the President of the Russian Federation for the Development of Information and Communication Technologies and Communication Infrastructure, the Office of the President of the Russian Federation for Public Projects is carried out by the First Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation in accordance with the distribution of responsibilities between officials of the presidential administration, “the decree said. On Wednesday, by other decrees, Putin again appointed the first two deputy heads of the administration – Sergei Kirienko and Alexei Gromov.
The document specifies which of the first persons of the administration will manage the other Departments. Thus, the general management of the Presidential Administration for interregional and cultural relations with foreign countries, the Protocol Department, the Anti-Corruption Department, “is carried out by the head of the presidential administration.”
The head of the presidential administration, Anton Vaino, will “approve the structure and staffing of the independent units of the presidential administration <…>, organize a warning to the workers of the independent units of the administration <…> about the possible dismissal from the presidential administration in connection with organizational and staff arrangements “. This clause of the decree concerns the five reorganized Offices.
The provision on the new Office for the Development of Information and Communication Technologies and Communication Infrastructure states that this is an independent division of the administration. Among its main functions is “preparation and submission to the President of the Russian Federation and the head of the presidential administration of the Russian Federation materials relating to the development and implementation of the main directions of the state policy in the field of digital infrastructure development, as well as the study and application of information and communication technologies in state and municipal management, monitoring and analysis data processing in information and telecommunication systems,
The Office should also participate in the implementation of the decisions of the President of the Russian Federation, the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation, coordination and advisory bodies under the President of the Russian Federation on the development of the digital infrastructure, ensuring its integrity, stability and safe operation, the use of information and communication technologies in state and municipal management, sectors of the economy, social sphere, development of e-government infrastructure, ormatsionno- technological interaction of information systems used for the provision of public and municipal services in electronic form; the organization of interdepartmental electronic interaction of federal executive bodies, bodies of executive power of the subjects of the Russian Federation and local self-government bodies, cross-border electronic interaction; the provision of state and municipal services in electronic form, the legal importance of electronic documents and the identification of their senders and recipients, and the creation and development of state information resources based on the cloud computing system. “Among the topics of the new Office are also the application of information and communication technologies to ensure the safety of citizens in information and communication networks, the creation and implementation of effective models of interaction between federal bodies of the state ennoy authorities, regional authorities of local self-government organizations, public associations and citizens; cooperation in the field of application of information and communication technologies at the international level; monitoring and analysis of data processing in information and telecommunication systems, including aggregated, consumed and placed information, as well as protection of intellectual property, formation and introduction of new models of media consumption.
The Office has the right to request and receive the necessary materials from the independent units of the presidential administration, from the government apparatus of the Russian Federation, federal government bodies, regional and local government authorities, as well as from organizations and officials; use the data banks of the presidential administration and federal executive bodies; “to attract in the established order for the performance of individual works of scientists and specialists, including on a contractual basis.”
The head of the department will be leading the work of the new division, which “is appointed and dismissed by the president of the Russian Federation on the proposal of the head of the administration.”