Putin Submits Draft Bill for New Russian Government

  • Putin proposed new State Council changes.
  • It is in line with with the Russian constitutional amendments passed on July 1st.
  • The Prosecutor's office is a unified Federal Centralized System of bodies that monitor compliance with the Constitution and the implementation of laws.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has submitted a draft law on the State Council to the State Duma. The document sets out the status, structure, and powers of the state Council. The changes are in line with the amendments to the Russian Constitution proposed by President Putin.

In one of the amendments, Putin specified the changes to the State Council that would take place. The country-wide vote was held on July 1st, and the proposal was passed.

The State Council is an advisory body to the Russian head of state, which deals with issues of the highest importance to the state as a whole. The council was established by a decree of the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, on September 1, 2000.

The Composition of the State Council will Include:

  1. Russian President Vladimir Putin as the Chairman
  2. Prime Minister
  3. Chairman of the Federation Council
  4. Speaker of the State Duma
  5. Head of the Presidential Administration
  6. Heads of Regions

Additionally, the Chairman and members of the state Council will participate in its work on a voluntary basis. However, in Russia, “voluntary basis” usually means “ordered by Putin.”

By the decision of the President, the State Council may include representatives of political parties with factions in the state Duma, as well as representatives of local self-government.

The Structure will Include:

  1. A Presidium, whose composition will be determined by the Chairman
  2. Commissions and Working Groups, created by the decision of the Chairman
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a session prior to voting for constitutional amendments at the State Duma, the Lower House of the Russian Parliament in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

These commissions and working groups will take place in the areas of activity of the State Council. The commissions may include representatives of Federal and Regional state authorities, other state agencies, local self-government bodies, and organizations.

Per TASS, “the bill forbids people that have a foreign citizenship or a residence permit from forming part of the State Council, as well as those with accounts held at foreign banks.” In reality, it would mean that it would be under the full control of Putin.

The Powers Given to the State Council:

  1. Send recommendations on strategic planning to the federal government, a Federal Subject of the Russian Federation, or a municipality.
  2. Indicate in its decisions the need to make changes to legislation.
  3. Participate in the development of foreign and domestic policy objectives, discussion of budget parameters, and key personnel policy issues.
  4. Participate in the approval of performance criteria for regional heads.

The bill also defines the status of the State Council as a constitutional state body. The President’s administration provides organizational support for the body’s activities.

Moreover, “The draft bill of the federal law “On the State Council of the Russian Federation” stipulates that the Prosecutor’s office is a unified Federal Centralized System of bodies that monitor compliance with the Constitution and the implementation of laws, monitor the observance of human and civil rights and freedoms, and conduct criminal prosecution in accordance with their powers, as well as perform other functions.

That would mean that Putin’s governing body could easily lay criminal charges against anyone that disagrees with his forced views.

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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