Week-ending 28 May 2021
This week the State Duma approved in second reading a bill to ban supporters and members of organisations designated by the authorities as ‘extremist’ from standing as candidates to any public office.
RFE/RL, 25 May 2021: Russia’s lower house of parliament has approved the second reading of a bill that would ban supporters and members of “extremist” organizations from being elected to any post. Under the draft bill passed on May 25, leaders and founders of organizations declared “extremist” or “terrorist” by Russian courts will be banned from running for elective posts for a period of five years. Other members or employees of such organizations will face a three-year ban. The proposed legislation that was first passed in the State Duma on May 18 barred individuals involved in the activities of an organization that has been recognized as “extremist” or “terrorist” from running in elections for the lower house only.