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Polygraph Screening in Lithuania and Russia

NCJ Number
Polygraph Volume: 41 Issue: 4 Dated: 2012 Pages: 224-240
Vitas Saldziunas; Aleksandras Kovalenka
Date Published
17 pages
A brief overview is provided of polygraph screening in Russia and the Very Important Person (VIP) Protection Department of Lithuania.
The overview focuses on screening and related methods. In Russia, two types of screening are used: inductive (used by the militia and by the police [2011 to the present]); and deductive screening (used by the KGB). Inductive screening is performed according to the inductive logical scheme. This model identifies individual characteristics. It is recommended that the inductive screening process be initiated using the motivation-search test. This article presents test questions used in determining motives for being employed by an organization, as well as identifying issues in the subject's and his/her relatives' health. The main principle of the deductive screening test is to move from broad questions to specific ones. The typical test sequence in such screening is listed. Regarding polygraph screening of employees in the Very Important Person (VIP) Protection Department of Lithuania, the focus has been on shortening the screening process while covering the most problematic and important questions. When collecting important information, it is necessary to use a number of methods that include polygraph screening graphology analysis, scientific content analysis, and the recognition of emotions from facial clues. The article presents a case study from Lithuania's VIP Protection Department, which screened an officer suspected of drug use because of his association with a group whose members were suspected of using illegal drugs. The questionnaire used in the examination is provided, along with the test report and the polygraph charts for specific questions. 7 figures, 6 tables, and 36 references