According to a document, approved on Tuesday at first reading by Russian deputies and whose final adoption is beyond doubt, a person who has served as president “cannot be the subject of criminal or administrative prosecution, nor arrested, neither searched nor questioned.
Therefore, former Russian presidents will be as untouchable as a sitting president—a measure which is widely considered to benefit Vladimir Putin. Thus, for many people, this initiative would herald the departure of the current President of Russia.
Russia: lifetime immunity to ex-presidents
When he leaves the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin will be able to sleep soundly. And for a good reason! Russian deputies approved a bill on Tuesday, November 17, guaranteeing lifelong immunity to former presidents and their families.
Thus, anyone who has served as president “may not be the subject of criminal or administrative proceedings, nor arrested, searched or questioned.
The validation of this text is not in doubt.
Also, this document, the final validation of which is not in doubt, would like life immunity to apply to the former Russian president’s property assets. But also its means of transport and communication. Just like the documents belonging to him and his luggage.
Could an ex-president of Russia be deprived of lifelong immunity?
However, according to this text, proposed by an influential senator and deputy, both members of the ruling United Russia party, a former Russian president could be deprived of his immunity for life.
Indeed, this immunity includes a few clauses. It can therefore be lifted if the former president is accused of treason or other serious crime. Nevertheless, the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court will have to support these accusations.
Exception for ex-president Mikhail Gorbachev
And that’s not all! These charges will also have to be supported by two-thirds of the State Duma’s deputies (the lower house of parliament) and the same number of senators of the Federation Council (the upper house). Suffice to say that the procedure seems very complex.
Lifetime immunity to former Russian presidents: Vladimir Putin on the move?
Regardless, at the moment, there is only one former President of Russia. This is Dmitry Medvedev. The latter ruled the country from 2008 to 2012. During this period, Vladimir Putin held the prime minister’s post due to a limitation on consecutive terms.
As a result, it is Dmitry Medvedev who is currently affected by this bill. However, the announcement of this initiative has sparked rumors about the possible departure of Vladimir Putin. What the Kremlin very quickly denied. He assures us that the Head of State is in good health.
Lifetime immunity to ex-presidents: a first?
On the other hand, while such a bill surprises more than one person, it is by no means unprecedented. Far from there! Nowadays, many countries have also chosen to offer lifetime guarantees to their former presidents..”.”