TOP LEGAL EVENTS OF THE LAST WEEK
Kremlin strives to achieve record results for Putin in the upcoming presidential elections in Russia, expected in March 2024. Even though the Kremlin only sees the general outlines of the upcoming elections, it is already clear that the campaign will fully focus on Vladimir Putin. Representatives of parliamentary parties will act as sparring partners for Putin, while liberal candidates will not even be allowed to bring transparency to the elections. The entire process will be meticulously planned to guarantee Putin's triumph.
The presidential elections in Russia won’t be held in the occupied territories of Ukraine. The State Duma Committee has approved amendments that provide that "if the preparation and conduct of elections or a referendum in the territory of a Russian subject after their appointment may pose a threat to life and health of Russian citizens, the elections or referendum shall be postponed at the decision of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, about which it immediately informs the President of the Russian Federation."
Military unit voting information will be classified during the Russian presidential elections. The State Duma has adopted amendments that allow the commanders of remote military units to independently form election commissions from servicemen, their family members, and people residing in the territories of the units.
The State Duma is considering a bill on deprivation of citizenship. The State Duma's Committee on Legislation is considering a bill that proposes to terminate Russian citizenship by birth for committing crimes and actions that threaten national security. Desertion and discrediting the army were cited as examples of such activities.
The Federal Chamber of Lawyers (FPA) has addressed Bastrykin regarding the persecution of lawyers. Svetlana Volodina, President of the Federal Chamber of Lawyers (FPA), and Henry Reznik, Chairman of the FPA Council's Commission for the Protection of Lawyers' Rights, have sent a letter to the Chairman of the Investigative Committee due to the persecution of lawyers.