RUSSIA'S PRIVATE DETECTIVES CALL TO UPDATE LEGAL FOOTING

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MOSCOW, February 22 (RIA Novosti) - Russia direly needs a new federal law, "On Nongovernment/Private Detection", said the conferees as the Chamber of Industry and Commerce committee for entrepreneurial security and the All-Russia Private Detectives' Public Organization gathered for a national session.

"The acting law was adopted back in 1992, and has grown desperately outdated over these twelve years," pointed out Vladimir Baryshev, Organization president.

With an official status of private commercial enterprise, detection spectacularly meets public and private interests alike. "It aims not merely to draw profit but provide safety for the progress of Russian business, and protect citizens' rights and interests," Mr. Baryshev went on.

Unlike Russians, private detectives many countries have the right to actively contribute to criminal detection, said Valeri Shestakov, security committee expert of the State Duma, parliament's lower house. "I don't mean to say we ought to repeat overseas patterns with no consideration for the Russian situation-but our private detectives utterly need, even now, the chance to collect evidence on cases within the competence of Justices of the Peace," remarked the parliamentarian.

Convened at the Chamber of Industry and Commerce congress hall, the current conference is Russia's maiden gathering of private detective and security agencies, and represents every part of the country, with token exceptions.

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