MPs of the State Duma of the Russian Federation approved the bill on providing lifelong guarantees to President Vladimir Putin and members of his family after the end of his presidential term in the first reading. This was announced by State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, Deutsche Welle reports.
"So that the person, who is making the decisions at this moment, also feels that he is needed not only today but also tomorrow," the statement said.
The bill stipulates that Putin will receive lifelong protection from criminal and administrative prosecution after the end of his term. This means that he is not allowed to be prosecuted, detained, arrested, searched, interrogated, or personally searched. The immunity of the former President of the Russian Federation extends to housing, vehicles, communications, documents, luggage, and personal correspondence.
As we reported earlier, Putin suggested amending Russia’s constitution to limit a future president to two terms in office.
The incumbent president presented his amendments to the constitution as a significant change to Russia’s governing document and called for the first nationwide referendum since 1993 to confirm them.