Russian President Vladimir Putin Signs Bill Granting Lifetime Immunity to Former Presidents

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill on Dec. 22 that grants former presidents lifetime immunity from prosecution of crimes and allows them to become lifetime senators in the upper house of parliament.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill on Dec. 22 that grants former presidents lifetime immunity from prosecution of crimes and allows them to become lifetime senators in the upper house of parliament.

Published on a government website, the bill grants former Russian presidents immunity from prosecution of crimes committed during their lifetime. Previously, their immunity only lasts during their stay in office.

Although a former president can still be revoked of immunity if accused of serious crimes, such as treason, the process involves an overwhelming vote from the upper house of parliament and the accused crimes must be confirmed by the supreme and constitutional courts.

The new law also grants former presidents a lifetime seat in the upper house of parliament as senators once they leave office. They can also name up to 30 senators in the upper house.

Additionally, the law exempts them from being questioned, searched, and arrested by police or investigators.

The new law is part of the constitutional amendments initiated by Putin earlier this year. The amendments include allowing him to remain as president for two more six-year terms until 2036.


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