The government has approved new rules for classifying information constituting a state secret to various degrees of secrecy. The document was published on the website of legal information.

It is noted that the degree “must correspond to the severity of damage to the security of the Russian Federation” in the event of dissemination of information. Within the framework of the document, the following spheres are distinguished: economic, military, foreign policy, scientific and technical, intelligence, counterintelligence and operational-search. The dissemination of classified information can harm public interests in one or more of the above-mentioned areas.

The dissemination of “information of particular importance” can harm the interests of Russia, “top secret” – the interests of a state body or a branch of the country’s economy, and “secret” – in all other cases related to state secrets.