RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE-RELATED LEGAL DOCUMENTS


On ratification
of the
Instruction on the
Procedure for Transmitting
Information Concerning the Coordinates of
Geodesic Points and Geographic Objects on the
Territory of the Russian Federation
to Foreign States and International Organizations

Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation of February 8, 1996, No. 120, Moscow

The government of the Russian Federation decrees:

1. That the attached Instruction on the Procedure for Transmitting Information Concerning the Coordinates of Geodesic Points and Geographic Objects on the Territory of the Russian Federation to Foreign States and International Organizations be approved.

2. That the decree of the USSR Council of Ministers of December 11, 1986, No. 1469-402 be recognized as invalid on the territory of the Russian Federation.

Russian Federation government chairman
V. CHERNOMYRDIN


Instruction on the
Procedure for Transmitting
Information Concerning the Coordinates of
Geodesic Points and Geographic Objects on the
Territory of the Russian Federation
to Foreign States and International Organizations

1. This Instruction establishes the procedure for transmitting information concerning the coordinates of geodesic points and geographic objects on the territory of the Russian Federation to foreign states and international organizations, and also specifies the powers of federal executive-branch organs relating to the use of that information.

2. The following are considered information concerning the coordinates of geodesic points and geographic objects on the territory of the Russian Federation:

geographic, geocentric and right-angle coordinates of astronomic, geodesic, gravimetric and level points of all classes and ranks;

geographic, geocentric and right-angle coordinates of natural and artificial objects and contour points of the Earth's surface;

linear and angular values that make it possible to determine the location of a point, object or contour point on the Earth's surface.

3. The treatment of information concerning the coordinates of geodesic points and geographic objects of all classes and ranks in any systems of coordinates as state secrets or as official information for limited distribution is determined by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, in concurrence with the Russian Federal Service for Geodesy and Cartography.

4. The publication of catalogues and lists of coordinates for geodesic points is carried out by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation and by the Russian Federal Service for Geodesy and Cartography. The publication of catalogues and lists of coordinates for geographic objects is carried out by federal executive-branch organs as part of the functions entrusted to them. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation and the Russian Federal Service of Geodesy and Cartography when necessary exchange catalogues and lists of coordinates for geodesic points on the territory of the Russian Federation that they have published in order to ensure the completion of topographic-geodesic, cartographic and other tasks.

5. Federal executive-branch organs, enterprises, organizations and institutions are provided information concerning the coordinates of geodesic points on individual parcels of Russian Federation territory where they are permitted to conduct topographic-geodesic, cartographic and other work by the Russian Federal Service for Geodesy and Cartography according to established procedure. Federal executive-branch organs, enterprises, organizations and institutions must provide strict accounting and maintenance of information concerning the coordinates of geodesic points and geographic objects on the territory of the Russian Federation that constitutes state secrets or that is handled as official information for limited distribution, as well as materials that make it possible to determine these coordinates, and must use the indicated information only for direct purposes. Dissemination of this information by federal executive-branch organs alone, or by enterprises, organizations and institutions, may take place only with the written permission of the Russian Federal Service of Geodesy and Cartography.

6. Bearers of information concerning the coordinates of geodesic points and geographic objects on the territory of the Russian Federation may possess a secret stamp, a "For Official Use" label, or may be not have secret status.

7. Dissemination of information concerning coordinates for geodesic points and geographic objects on the territory of the Russian Federation to foreign states and international organizations may take place:

for information handled as a state secret--by decision of the government of the Russian Federation, including expert testimony by the Interdepartmental Commission on the Protection of State Secrets, concerning the possibility of disseminating the coordinates. The obligations of the receiving side to protect the information transmitted to it are stipulated in the text of the international agreement concluded with it;

for information handled as official information for limited distribution--with approval from the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation and the Russian Federal Service for Geodesy and Cartography;

information that is not secret--according to the general procedure established for its publication in the press, including attestations of accuracy.

8. Attestations of the accuracy of coordinates for geodesic points and geographic objects on the territory of the Russian Federations are issued:

to federal executive-branch organs, enterprises, organizations and institutions--by the Russian Federal Service for Geodesy and Cartography;

to Russian Federation Ministry of Defense organs concerned with maintaining secrets in the press and other forms of mass media--by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

9. The reproduction of information published earlier in the press concerning the coordinates of geodesic points and geographic objects on the territory of the Russian Federation to which established procedure for state secrets or for official information for limited distribution applies is not permitted.

10. Monitoring for compliance with the requirements of this instruction is conducted:
at subdepartmental enterprises, in organizations and institutions--by the directors of federal executive-branch organs;

in all federal executive-branch organs, at enterprises, in organizations and institutions--by the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation; in all federal executive-branch organs, at enterprises, in organizations and institutions, except for those that are provided with topographic-geodesic and cartographic data and materials by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, by the Russian Federal Service for Geodesy and Cartography;

in federal executive-branch organs that are provided with topographic-geodesic and cartographic data and materials by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation,--by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.