Putin gave all ex-presidents of Russia immunity from criminal prosecution
There are now two living former heads of state in Russia - former President Dmitry Medvedev and former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, writes "Voice of America".
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that allows former heads of state to become senators for life. The document was published on the official portal of legal information.
There are now two living former heads of state in Russia - former President Dmitry Medvedev and former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, the document does not apply to him.
The bill was introduced to parliament by the president himself.
In the initial versions, it was assumed that the head of state has three months after resignation, that the deadline is not regulated in the final document to apply for a seat in the Federation Council.
The same bill allows the appointment of up to 30 senators to the Federation Council, seven of whom can be appointed for life, and the rest for a six-year term.
The status of a senator allows a citizen of Russia to submit laws to the State Duma, to participate in elections in the upper house of parliament, and gives him immunity from criminal prosecution.
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