Under the immunity provisions, a former president and his family would have lifetime immunity from any criminal or administrative charges. They also cannot be detained, arrested, searched, or interrogated. The immunity amendments are widely viewed as designed to protect Putin if he steps down. Once the bill goes through two more Duma readings, it must be approved by the Federation Council before being signed by Putin himself. The State Duma also passed a first reading of another bill that will grant ex-presidents a lifetime seat in the upper house of parliament, or the Federation Council, a position that also provides immunity from prosecution. EPA-EFE/ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/SPUTNIK /KREMLIN POOL
Russia’s State Duma has approved the first reading of a draft bill that would grant lifetime immunity to former presidents. EPA-EFE/ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/SPUTNIK /KREMLIN POOL MANDATORY CREDIT
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting via a video conference with Bryansk region governor Alexander Bogomaz at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, 26 May 2020. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Russian bill to grant ex-presidents lifetime immunity passes first reading
By Elena Pavlovska
epa08445201 Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting via a video conference with Bryansk region governor Alexander Bogomaz at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, 26 May 2020. The legislation is part of a package of constitutional amendments approved in a referendum this summer that could potentially see President Vladimir Putin stay in power until 2036. Under the current law, former presidents are only immune from prosecution for crimes committed while in office.