Law of the Week: Constitutional Court approves constitutional amendments

Week-ending 20 March 2020

Russia’s Top Court Approves Putin Reform Plan to Stay President Until 2036

Russia’s Constitutional Court on Monday approved amendments proposed by President Vladimir Putin to the country’s basic law, giving him the option of serving two further terms in office. 

Source: The Moscow Times, 16 March 2020 

Russian Scholars, Legal Experts Sign Up Against ‘Constitutional Coup’ 

In the lead-up to the Russian Constitutional Court’s approval of a raft of amendments to the basic law that could, among other things, allow President Vladimir Putin to run for two additional terms, hundreds of scholars, journalists, and legal experts warned that a “constitutional crisis and a pseudo-legal, unconstitutional coup” loomed over the country.

Source:  RFE/RL, 16 March 2020 

Russia’s Constitutional Court Approves Amendments Allowing Putin To Rule Until 2036 

Russia’s Constitutional Court has approved constitutional amendments that could enable President Vladimir Putin to stay in power for another 16 years. The court’s March 16 announcement comes three days after all Russian regions approved the controversial bill on amendments to the constitution.

Source:  RFE/RL, 16 March 2020 

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