Russian legislature considers bill extending immunity of former presidents
6 November 2020
President Vladimir Putin of Russia (photo credit: Global Panorama/flickr)
Under current Russian law, the president cannot be prosecuted for a felony while under investigation. The proposed change is to extend coverage beyond the scope of their duties so that it will apply to offenses committed during the presidency.
“After the expiration of the term of office, this person has the right to rely on the same level of protection and legal guarantees provided to him as he exercises his presidency,” Senate President Andrey Klishas said in a statement. [ . . . ] The bill must pass three articles in the lower house of parliament, a review in the upper house, and then be signed by Putin into force.
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