The State Duma, at Putin’s request, will change the law on martial law in Russia

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At a plenary session on September 20, the State Duma will consider amendments to the existing bill on martial law in the Russian Federation, introduced by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The amendments propose to exclude clauses about informing the Secretary General of the Council of Europe about the introduction or lifting of a state of emergency and martial law. This was reported by First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Alexander Zhukov.

“On September 20, we will consider changes made by the country’s president to the legislation regarding the abolition of the need to inform the Secretary General of the Council of Europe about the introduction and cancellation (termination) of a martial law or state of emergency,” Zhukov told TASS. The new norms propose maintaining the provisions on informing only the UN Secretary General.

Earlier it was reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin began preparing amendments to the laws of the Russian Federation “On martial law” and “On the state of emergency” on August 8. As TASS reported, the changes may be related to Russia’s withdrawal from the Council of Europe.


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