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Russia. 2014 ‘Storage.’ National Report of the Russian Federation on Its Implementation of the United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA), p. 9. New York NY: Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations. 1 January

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[T]he Ministry of Internal Affairs and other authorized bodies systematically verify compliance with the rules on registration and storage of firearms at enterprises. Ensuring adequate security for small arms and light weapons and ammunition in the Russian Federation is a major obligation of the officials concerned. These officials are required to possess exact information at all times on the existence and condition of small arms and light weapons, to follow a strict procedure for organizing their protection, registration, storage, delivery and use that precludes loss and theft, to inspect the condition of storage sites regularly and to take immediate steps to suppress any violations discovered. The officials are appointed on the basis of the findings of a board of certification.

Small arms and light weapons and ammunition are stored in separate locations, equipped with alarm systems, under continuous physical protection. Technical means of protection ensure the reliable operation of alarm systems in the event of any unauthorized opening of the storage sites of small arms and light weapons or damage to wiring (there is no device for forcibly shutting down the alarm). A weapons chamber may be opened only with the permission of the subdivision commander, and the duty officer of the unit must be duly informed.

Officials who have not taken the necessary steps to ensure the security of small arms and light weapons and ammunition and persons who have stolen or lost such weapons are subject to criminal prosecution in accordance with established procedure. The competent authorities institute criminal proceedings and organize inquiries. In units and subdivisions, there is provision for recording the serial numbers of stolen (lost) and missing weapons in a separate ledger.

The above-mentioned aspects of managing and protecting stockpiles of small arms and light weapons are standard procedure for the Russian Armed Forces and all State paramilitary organizations.

Sites for the storage of weapons, ammunition and explosives within the Ministry of Internal Affairs system are protected by round-the-clock armed shifts in accordance with established procedure.

All weapons storage sites within the Ministry of Internal Affairs system are now equipped with alarm systems that preclude unauthorized access. Special funding is allocated on an annual basis to modernize and replace technical alarm systems.

The weapons and ammunition of interior ministry forces are stored at sites located on the grounds of military compounds.

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