Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation

Rules of Procedure of the Federation Council

(as amended on 25 September 2019)

The Federation Council decides independently on matters within its purview as per the Constitution of the Russian Federation, federal constitutional laws and federal laws. The Federation Council adopts its Rules of Procedure and decides on its internal regulations.


Adopted by Resolution No. 33-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 30 January 2002 

(with amendments and additions made by:
Resolution No. 173-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 March 2002,
Resolution No. 246-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 May 2002,
Resolution No. 254-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 May 2002,
Resolution No. 502-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 11 December 2002,
Resolution No. 25-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 12 February 2003,
Resolution No. 79-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 March 2003,
Resolution No. 152-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004,
Resolution No. 447-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 December 2004,
Resolution No. 20-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 9 February 2005,
Resolution No. 85-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 March 2006,
Resolution No. 308-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 6 October 2006,
Resolution No. 73-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 2 March 2007,
Resolution No. 260-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 6 July 2007,
Resolution No. 493-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 November 2007,
Resolution No. 15-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 30 January 2008,
Resolution No. 46-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 20 February 2008,
Resolution No. 132-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2008,
Resolution No. 223-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 18 June 2008,
Resolution No. 305-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 19 September 2008,
Resolution No. 375-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 12 November 2008,
Resolution No. 532-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 December 2008,
Resolution No. 149-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 April 2009,
Resolution No. 301 -SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 7 July 2009,
Resolution No. 352-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 7 October 2009,
Resolution No. 448-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 25 November 2009,
Resolution No. 491-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 December 2009,
Resolution No. 552-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 25 December 2009,
Resolution No. 556-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 15 December 2010,
Resolution No. 443-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 25 November 2011,
Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011,
Resolution No. 38-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 22 February 2012,
Resolution No. 64-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 28 March 2012,
Resolution No. 194-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 June 2012,
Resolution No. 261-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 September 2012,
Resolution No. 19-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 6 February 2013,
Resolution No. 95-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 March 2013,
Resolution No. 110-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 17 April 2013,
Resolution No. 341-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 10 July 2013,
Resolution No. 421-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 30 October 2013,
Resolution No. 71-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 March 2014,
Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014,
Resolution No. 356-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 9 July 2014,
Resolution No. 502-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 October 2014,
Resolution No. 530-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 19 November 2014,
Resolution No. 279-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 June 2015,
Resolution No. 348-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 8 July 2015,
Resolution No. 389-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 21 October 2015,
Resolution No. 607-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 25 December 2015,
Resolution No. 52-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 10 February 2016,
Resolution No. 47-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 1 March 2017;
Resolution No. 173-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 14 June 2017;
Resolution No. 271 -SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 19 July 2017;
Resolution No. 345-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 25 July 2017;
Resolution No. 457-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 22 November 2017;
Resolution No. 3-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 17
 January 2018);
Resolution No. 83-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 March 2019;
Resolution No. 188-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 May 2019;
Resolution No. 263-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 10 July 2019;
Resolution No. 405-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 25 September 2019


TABLE OF CONTENTS 

PART ONE
BODIES, OFFICIALS, AND GENERAL RULES OF PROCEDURE OF THE FEDERATION COUNCIL OF THE FEDERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

Chapter 1

General provisions (Articles 1–13)

Chapter 2

Speaker of the Federation Council. First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council. Deputy Speakers of the Federation Council (Articles 14–20)

Chapter 3

Council of the Chamber (Articles 14–20)

Chapter 4

Committees of the Federation Council (Articles 26–34)

Chapter 41

Coordination meeting of the Speaker of the Federation Council, First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council, and Deputy Speakers of the Federation Council with the Chairs of Committees of the Federation Council (Articles 341–342)

Chapter 5

Procedure for holding sessions and sittings of the Federation Council (Articles 35–59)

Chapter 6

Procedure for voting and adopting decisions at a sitting of the Federation Council (Articles 60–70)

Chapter 61

Monitoring the use of the electronic system (Articles 701–706)

Chapter 7

Participation of the Federation Council in parliamentary control (Articles 71–76)

Chapter 71

Procedure for the participation of the Federation Council in a parliamentary investigation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (Articles 761–767)

Chapter 8

Procedure for preparing for and holding “Government Hour” at a sitting of the Federation Council (Articles 77–80)

Chapter 9

Procedure for preparing and adopting a parliamentary inquiry of the Federation Council (Articles 81–83)

Chapter 91

Consideration by the Federation Council of the annual report of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation on the state of law and order in the Russian Federation and on the work performed to strengthen law and order, the annual report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation on his/her activities, reports on the activities of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation, and state and national reports (Articles 831–832)

Chapter 10

Parliamentary hearings and other forms of work in the Federation Council (Articles 84–951)

Chapter 101

Report of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on the state of legislation in the Russian Federation (Articles 952–953) Excluded

Chapter 11

Support for the activities of the Federation Council (Articles 96–102)

PART TWO
PARTICIPATION OF THE FEDERATION COUNCIL IN LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES

Chapter 12

Procedure for the consideration by the Federation Council of a federal law adopted by the State Duma (Articles 103–110)

Chapter 13

Procedure for overcoming disagreements that arise between the Federation Council and the State Duma in connection with the rejection by the Federation Council of a federal law adopted by the State Duma (Articles 60–70)

Chapter 14

Procedure for the re-consideration by the Federation Council of a federal law rejected by the President of the Russian Federation (Articles 116–120)

Chapter 15

Procedure for the consideration by the Federation Council of a federal constitutional law (Articles 121–128)

Chapter 16

Procedure for the consideration by the Federation Council of matters related to the adoption and enactment of a law of the Russian Federation on amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation (Articles 129–139)

Chapter 17

Exercising of the right to a legislative initiative by the Federation Council and members of the Federation Council (Articles 140–1431)

 PART THREE
PROCEDURE FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF MATTERS PLACED UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE FEDERATION COUNCIL BY THE CONSTITUTION OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

Chapter 18

Procedure for the approval by the Federation Council of a change to the borders between constituent entities of the Russian Federation (Articles 144–147)

Chapter 181

Procedure for the approval by the Federation Council of a change to the borders of the federal cities of Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Sevastopol (Articles 1471–1474)

Chapter 19

Procedure for the approval by the Federation Council of a decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the imposition of martial law (Articles 148–152)

Chapter 20

Procedure for the approval by the Federation Council of a decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the imposition of a state of emergency (Articles 153–158)

Chapter 21

Procedure for the Federation Council to decide on the possible use of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation outside the territory of the Russian Federation (Articles 159–162)

Chapter 22

Procedure for the Federation Council to call elections of the President of the Russian Federation (Articles 163–166)

Chapter 23

Procedure for the consideration by the Federation Council of the impeachment of the President of the Russian Federation (Articles 167–171)

Chapter 24

Procedure for the appointment by the Federation Council of judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and the Economic Court of the Commonwealth of Independent States. Procedure for the termination by the Federation Council of the powers of a judge of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation (Articles 172–1781)

Chapter 25

Procedure for the appointment and dismissal by the Federation Council of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, the First Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, and Deputies of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation (Articles 179–188)

Chapter 26

Procedure for the appointment and dismissal by the Federation Council of a Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation and half the staff of auditors of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation (Articles 189–1933)

Chapter 27

Procedure for the appointment and dismissal by the Federation Council of members of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation (Articles 194–199)

Chapter 271

Procedure for the appointment by the Federation Council of public spokesperson members of the Higher Qualification Board of Judges of the Russian Federation (Articles 1991–1995)

Chapter 28

Procedure for the consideration by the Federation Council of matters related to foreign policy and inter-parliamentary cooperation (Articles 200–2051)

Chapter 29

Procedure for holding consultations in the Federation Council on matters concerning the appointment and recall of diplomatic representatives of the Russian Federation in foreign states and international organizations (Articles 206–207)

Chapter 30

Procedure for the consideration by the Federation Council of draft agreements between the state authorities of the Russian Federation and state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation on the delimitation of jurisdiction and powers (Articles 208–210) Excluded

Chapter 31

Procedure for the preparation, consideration, and adoption of an appeal of the Federation Council to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation (Articles 211–219)

Chapter 32

Procedure for the adoption of these Rules of Procedure and amendments and additions thereto (Articles 220–222)


PART ONE
BODIES, OFFICIALS, AND GENERAL RULES OF PROCEDURE OF THE FEDERATION COUNCIL OF THE FEDERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

 

Chapter 1
GENERAL PROVISIONS

 

Article 1. Status of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation

1. The Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (hereinafter referred to as the Federation Council) is the chamber of the Federal Assembly – the Parliament of the Russian Federation – of the representative and legislative body of the Russian Federation (as amended by Resolution No. 79-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 March 2003).

2. The Federation Council exercises state power in the Russian Federation within the limits established by the Constitution of the Russian Federation (as amended by Resolution No. 79-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 March 2003).

3. The Federation Council is the holder of the right to legislative initiative.

The Federation Council independently resolves matters placed under its jurisdiction by the Constitution of the Russian Federation, federal constitutional laws, and federal laws, including matters concerning the strengthening of federalism, state security, and personnel policy (as amended by Resolution No. 152-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004).

4. The Federation Council operates on a permanent basis.

 

Article 2. Composition of the Federation Council

1. In accordance with the Constitution of the Russian Federation and the Federal Law “On the Procedure for the Formation of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation”, the Federation Council shall include two representatives from each constituent entity of the Russian Federation: one from the legislative (representative) body and one from the executive body of the state authorities of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation (as amended by Resolution No. 19-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 6 February 2013).

2. Representatives from the constituent entities of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council shall be members of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (hereinafter referred to as members of the Federation Council).

3. Powers shall be conferred upon a member of the Federation Council by the corresponding state authority of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation based on the will of the voters of said constituent entity of the Russian Federation.

(Part 3 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 19-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 6 February 2013).

4. The powers of a member of the Federation Council shall be conferred by a new convocation of the legislative (representative) body of the state authorities of a constituent entity of the Russian Federation and the newly elected highest official of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation (senior official of the highest

executive body of the state authorities of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation), respectively, for a term specified by this body of the state authorities of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation.

(Part 4 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 19-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 6 February 2013).

 

Article 3. Foundations of the activities of the Federation Council

1. The activities of the Federation Council are based on the principles of the collective free discussion and resolution of issues. Sittings of the Federation Council are held in an open manner. In cases envisaged by these Rules of Procedure, the Chamber may hold closed sittings.

2. The standard operating procedure of the Federation Council is determined by the Constitution of the Russian Federation, federal constitutional laws, federal laws, resolutions of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (hereinafter referred to as resolutions of the Federation Council), and these Rules of Procedure.

3. The Federation Council shall be formed and structured according to the non-partisan principle. Members of the Federation Council shall not form factions and partisan alliances.

(Part 3 as amended by Resolution No. 19-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 6 February 2013).

4. The Federation Council may serve as a founder or co-founder of a mass media outlet that is established for the purpose of providing information about the work of the Federal Assembly – the Parliament of the Russian Federation and the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation.

(Part 4 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 194-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 June 2012; as amended by Resolution No. 261-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 September 2012).

 

Article 4. Rights, duties and basic guarantees of the activities of a member of the Federation Council

1. Members of the Federation Council shall be provided with conditions to freely and effectively exercise their powers in accordance with the Constitution of the Russian Federation and the Federal Law “On the Status of a Member of the Federation Council and the Status of a Deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation”.

2. A member of the Federation Council shall be entitled to elect and be elected to elective offices and to the bodies of the Federation Council.

3. A member of the Federation Council shall have the right to legislative initiative, which shall be exercised in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation.

4. Guarantees for members of the Federation Council to freely exercise their powers shall be established by the Constitution of the Russian Federation, federal laws, and these Rules of Procedure.

5. Members of the Federation Council shall be required to attend sittings of the Federation Council and committees of which they are members (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

6. Members of the Federation Council, prior to the start of a sitting of the Federation Council and a committee of the Federation Council in which they are members, shall provide written notification to the

Speaker of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (hereinafter referred to as the Speaker of the Federation Council) or the committee chair of the Federation Council, respectively, about their inability to be present at a sitting of the chamber or a committee for a valid reason (official business trip, illness, registration of marriage, childbirth, death of a family member or close relative, or local emergency situations). The absence of members of the Federation Council at a sitting of the Federation Council or a committee of the Federation Council in which they are a member shall be permitted for other reasons based on their written request with the consent of the Speaker of the Federation Council or the committee chair of the Federation Council.

(Part 6 as amended by Resolutions No. 556-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 15 December 2010 and No. 468-SF dated 27 December 2011).

61. Information about the attendance of sittings of the Federation Council and a committee of the Federation Council by a member of the Federation Council shall be submitted to the Speaker of the Federation Council after the session by the Committee of the Federation Council on House Rules and Parliamentary Governance and the committee chair of the Federation Council, respectively.

(Part 61 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 556-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 15 December 2010; as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

62. The Speaker of the Federation Council may send information about the attendance of sittings of the Federation Council and a committee of the Federation Council by a member of the Federation Council to the state authority of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation that decided to confer the powers of a member of the Federation Council.

(Part 62 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 556-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 15 December 2010; as amended by Resolutions No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011 and No. 127-SF dated 16 April 2014).

7. A member of the Federation Council shall personally take part in the sittings of the Federation Council and the joint sittings of the chambers of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation as well as committee sittings. Members of the Federation Council shall enjoy the right of a decisive vote during voting on all matters considered by the Federation Council and a committee of the chamber of which they are members.

(Part 7 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

8. A member of the Federation Council may participate in the discussion of all matters considered at sittings of the chamber, committees of the Federation Council, and parliamentary hearings, address questions to members and representatives of the Government of the Russian Federation and other persons invited to a sitting of the chamber, and present a justification of their proposals when discussing matters falling within the jurisdiction of the chamber and through voting (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

9. In accordance with the Federal Law “On the Status of a Member of the Federation Council and the Status of a Deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation”, a member of the Federation Council may request and receive information (including on machine-readable media) that is required for the member to perform activities in the Federation Council as well as documents adopted by the chambers of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and their bodies.

 

Article 5. Start and end of the powers of a member of the Federation Council

1. The powers of a member of the Federation Council shall commence from the date on which the decision of the relevant state authorities of a constituent entity of the Russian Federation enters into force on the conferral of the powers of a member of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 19-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 6 February 2013).

2. The powers of a member of the Federation Council shall cease from the date on which the decision of the relevant state authorities of a constituent entity of the Russian Federation enters force on the conferral of the powers of a new member of the Federation Council who is a representative of the same state authorities of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation (as amended by Resolution No. 19-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 6 February 2013).

3. The termination of the powers of a member of the Federation Council who is a representative of the state authorities of a constituent entity of the Russian Federation that has ceased to exist as a constituent entity of the Russian Federation in connection with the formation of a new constituent entity of the Russian Federation as a result of the merger of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation shall take place in the manner envisaged by the relevant federal constitutional law.

4. The powers of a member of the Federation Council shall be terminated prematurely by the Federation Council on the grounds envisaged by Part 1, Article 4 of the Federal Law “On the Status of a Member of the Federation Council and the Status of a Deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation”.

5. Information about new members of the Federation Council and members of the Federation Council whose powers have been terminated in connection with the conferral of powers of new members of the Federation Council shall be submitted by the chairperson of a sitting of the Federation Council prior to the start of the sitting (as amended by Resolution No. 19-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 6 February 2013).

(Article 5 as amended by Resolution No. 556-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 15 December 2010).

 

Article 6. Submission of documents to the Federation Council about the powers of a member of the Federation Council

1. The state authority of a constituent entity of the Russian Federation that has decided to confer the powers of a member of the Federation Council shall send the decision to the Federation Council and post it on its official website in the Internet information and telecommunication network (hereinafter referred to as the Internet) no later than the day following the day on which the decision enters into force.

2. A member of the Federation Council shall send a copy of a statement on the release from obligations that are incompatible with the status of a member of the Federation Council to the Federation Council and the state authority of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation that adopted this decision within three days from the day on which the decision was made to confer the powers of a member of the Federation Council.

(Article 6 as amended by Resolution No. 19-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 6 February 2013).

 

Article 7. Start of the exercising of powers of a member of the Federation Council. Termination of the powers of a member of the Federation Council 

(Article 7 repealed in accordance with Resolution No. 19-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 6 February 2013).

 

Article 71. Early termination of the powers of a member of the Federation Council on the grounds envisaged by Part 1, Article 4 of Federal Law “On the Status of a Member of the Federation Council and the Status of a Deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation”

1. The issue of the early termination of the powers of a member of the Federation Council on the grounds envisaged by clauses a, b, and e-i, Part 1, Article 4 of the Federal Law “On the Status of a Member of the Federation Council and the Status of a Deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation” shall be preliminarily considered by the Committee of the Federation Council on House Rules and Parliamentary Governance.

2. The Committee of the Federation Council on House Rules and Parliamentary Governance shall verify whether the documents establishing the grounds for the early termination of the powers of a member of the Federation Council comply with the provisions of the Federal Law “On the Status of a Member of the Federation Council and the Status of a Deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation” and prepare a conclusion based on the results of the verification.

3. The issue of the early termination of the powers of a member of the Federation Council on the grounds envisaged by clauses c and d, Part 1, Article 4 of the Federal Law “On the Status of a Member of the Federation Council and the Status of a Deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation” shall be considered by the Commission of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation for the Monitoring of the Reliability of Information about Income, Property, and Property-Related Liabilities Submitted by Members of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (hereinafter referred to as the Commission of the Federation Council for the Monitoring of the Reliability of Information about Income, Property, and Property-Related Liabilities Submitted by Members of the Federation Council) established in accordance with Article 10 of the Federal Law “On the Status of a Member of the Federation Council and the Status of a Deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation”.

The Commission of the Federation Council for the Monitoring of the Reliability of Information about Income, Property, and Property-Related Liabilities Submitted by Members of the Federation Council shall verify and evaluate the actual circumstances that serve as grounds for the early termination of the powers of a member of the Federation Council and make a decision on establishing grounds for the early termination of the powers of the member of the Federation Council.

4. The issue of the early termination of the powers of a member of the Federation Council on the grounds envisaged by clauses a, b, and e-i, Part 1, Article 4 of the Federal Law “On the Status of a Member of the Federation Council and the Status of a Deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation” shall be included in the agenda of the next sitting of the Federation Council based on a proposal from the Committee of the Federation Council on House Rules and Parliamentary Governance.

5. The issue of the early termination of the powers of a member of the Federation Council on the grounds envisaged by clauses c and d, Part 1, Article 4 of the Federal Law “On the Status of a Member of the Federation Council and the Status of a Deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation” shall be included in the agenda of the next sitting of the Federation Council based on a proposal from the Commission of the Federation Council for the Monitoring of the Reliability of Information about Income, Property, and Property-Related Liabilities Submitted by Members of the Federation Council.

6. The consideration of the issue of the early termination of the powers of a member of the Federation Council on the grounds envisaged by clauses a, b, and e-i, Part 1, Article 4 of the Federal Law “On the Status of a Member of the Federation Council and the Status of a Deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation” shall begin with a report of the chairperson or, based on instructions from the chairperson, the first deputy or deputy committee chair of the Federation Council on House Rules and ParliamentaryGovernance.

7. The consideration of the issue of the early termination of the powers of a member of the Federation Council on the grounds envisaged by clauses c and d, Part 1, Article 4 of the Federal Law “On the Status of a Member of the Federation Council and the Status of a Deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation” shall begin with a report of the chairperson or, based on instructions from the chairperson, a member of the Commission of the Federation Council for the Monitoring of the Reliability of Information about Income, Property, and Property-Related Liabilities Submitted by Members of the Federation Council. The member of the Federation Council with respect to whom the early termination of his/her powers is being considered shall be granted an opportunity to speak.

8. The decision on the early termination of the powers of a member of the Federation Council shall be adopted by a majority vote of the total number of members of the Federation Council and documented by a resolution of the Federation Council that specifies the day of the termination of the powers of the member of the Federation Council.

9. The decision on the early termination of the powers of a member of the Federation Council on the grounds envisaged by clauses a, b, and e-i, Part 1, Article 4 of the Federal Law “On the Status of a Member of the Federation Council and the Status of a Deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation” shall be adopted no later than 30 days from the day on which grounds emerge for the early termination of the powers of the member of the Federation Council or from the day on which the Federation Council became aware of such grounds, and if such grounds emerged in the period between sessions of the Federation Council – no later than 30 days from the start date of the next session of the Federation Council.

10. The decision on the early termination of the powers of a member of the Federation Council on the grounds envisaged by clauses c and d, Part 1, Article 4 of the Federal Law “On the Status of a Member of the Federation Council and the Status of a Deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation” shall be adopted no later than 30 days from the day on which the Commission of the Federation Council for the Monitoring of the Reliability of Information about Income, Property, and Property-Related Liabilities Submitted by Members of the Federation Council decides to establish for the early termination of the powers of the member of the Federation Council.

(Article 71 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 556-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 15 December 2010, as amended by Resolution No. 421-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 30 October 2013).

Article 8 Immunity of a member of the Federation Council

1. Members of the Federation Council shall enjoy immunity throughout their term in office in accordance with the Constitution of the Russian Federation and the Federal Law “On the Status of a Member of the Federation Council and the Status of a Deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation”.

11. An individual whose powers as a member of the Federation Council have been terminated on the grounds envisaged by clauses c and d, Part 1, Article 4 of the Federal Law “On the Status of a Member of the Federation Council and the Status of a Deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation” shall have immunity during the period envisaged by the legislation of the Russian Federation for filing appeals with the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and in the event of an appeal to the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation – until the entry into force of the court’s decision.

(Part 11 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 421-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 30 October 2013).

2. The issue of depriving a member of the Federation Council of immunity shall be considered by the chamber based on a proposal from the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation.

3. The proposal of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation to deprive a member of the Federation Council of immunity shall be preliminarily considered by the Committee of the Federation Council on House Rules and Parliamentary Governance and the Committee of the Federation Council on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building, which shall prepare opinions (as amended by Resolutions No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011 and No. 127-SF dated 16 April 2014).

4. The issue of considering a proposal from the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation on depriving a member of the Federation Council of immunity shall be included in the agenda of the next sitting of the Federation Council based on a proposal from the Committee of the Federation Council on House Rules and Parliamentary Governance and/or the Committee of the Federation Council on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building. The Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation may be invited to the sitting of the Federation Council.

(Part 4 as amended by Resolutions No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011 and No. 127-SF dated 16 April 2014).

5. A member of the Federation Council with respect to whom a proposal has been received from the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation on the deprivation of immunity may give explanations during the consideration of this matter at sittings of the Committee of the Federation Council on House Rules and Parliamentary Governance and the Committee of the Federation Council on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building (as amended by Resolutions No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011 and No. 127-SF dated 16 April 2014).

6. Following the consideration of a proposal from the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation on depriving a member of the Federation Council of immunity, the Federation Council may decide to give consent for the frisk, detention, arrest, or questioning of the member of the Federation Council, conducting a search with respect to the member of the Federation Council, subjecting the member of the Federation Council to administrative or criminal liability, initiating a criminal case against the member of the Federation Council, conducting an inquiry, a preliminary investigation, or initiating proceedings in a case on an administrative offence that envisages administrative liability imposed in the judicial procedure for public insults, libel, or other offences for which liability is envisaged by federal law and which are committed in connection with actions compatible with the status of the member of the Federation Council.

7. This decision shall be considered adopted if the majority of the total number of members of the Federation Council voted for it and shall be documented by a resolution of the chamber that does not require a special vote.

The decision of the Federation Council must be substantiated.

Additional materials may be requested from the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation based on a decision by the Federation Council.

8. The resolution of the Federation Council shall be forwarded to the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation within three days from the date of its adoption.

 

Article 81. Monitoring of the reliability of information about income, property, and property-related liabilities submitted by a member of the Federation Council

1. Members of the Federation Council must provide information about their income, expenses, property, and property-related liabilities as well as the income, expenses, property, and property-related liabilities of the their spouses and minor children to the Commission of the Federation Council for the Monitoring of the Reliability of Information about Income, Property, and Property-Related Liabilities Submitted by Members of the Federation Council no later than 1 April of the year following the reporting financial year (as amended by Resolution No. 607-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 25 December 2015).

2. Based on instructions from the Speaker of the Federation Council, the Commission of the Federation Council for the Monitoring of the Reliability of Information about Income, Property, and Property-Related Liabilities Submitted by Members of the Federation Council shall:

a) verify the reliability and completeness of information on income, expenses, property, and property-related liabilities submitted by members of the Federation Council;

b) verify the observance by members of the Federation Council of restrictions and prohibitions established by federal constitutional laws, the Federal Law “On the Status of a Member of the Federation Council and the Status of a Deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation”, and other federal laws;

c) verify and assess the actual circumstances that serve as a basis for the early termination of the powers of a member of the Federation Council on the grounds envisaged by clauses c and d, Part 1, Article 4 of the Federal Law “On the Status of a Member of the Federation Council and the Status of a Deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation” and decide whether to establish grounds for the early termination of the powers of the member of the Federation Council.

3. The procedure for the formation, the members, and the standard operating procedure of the Commission of the Federation Council for the Monitoring of the Reliability of Information about Income, Property, and Property-Related Liabilities Submitted by Members of the Federation Council shall be approved by the Federation Council by a majority vote of the total number of members of the Federation Council.

(Article 81 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011; as amended by Resolution No. 421-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 30 October 2013).

 

Article 82. Measures to prevent a conflict of interests

1. A member of the Federation Council must inform the Commission on the Monitoring of the Reliability of Information about Income, Property, and Property-Related Liabilities Submitted by Members of the Federation Council about any opportunity that arises in the course of exercising his/her powers whereby income is received in the form of cash, other property, including property rights, property-related services, the results of work performed, or any benefits (advantages) by the member of the Federation Council and/or individuals or citizens who are related to or have a close relationship with the member of the Federation Council, or organizations with which a member of the Federation Council and/or individuals who are related to or have a close relationship with the member of the Federation Council are connected by property, corporate, or other close relations (about the emergence of a personal interest), which leads or may lead to a situation in which the personal interest (direct or indirect) of a member of the Federation Council influences or may influence the proper, objective, and impartial exercising of his/her powers (to a conflict of interests) and also take measures to prevent or resolve such a conflict.

2. The Commission of the Federation Council for the Monitoring of the Reliability of Information about Income, Property, and Property-Related Liabilities Submitted by Members of the Federation Council shall consider a message from a member of the Federation Council about a personal interest that leads or may lead to a conflict of interest, and make recommendations to the member of the Federation Council on what measures to take to prevent or resolve a conflict of interests.

(Article 82 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 607-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 25 December 2015).


Article 83. Liability incurred by a member of the Federation Council for breach of restrictions, bans or duty

1. If breaches of restrictions, bans or duty by a Federation Council member are identified during a review as provided in Article 6, Part 21, paragraphs (f) – (i), and Part 22 of the Federal Law “On the status of a member of the Federation Council and the status of a deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation,” and equally if a member of the Federation Council provides deliberately inaccurate or incomplete information on incomes, spending, property or property-related liabilities, the Federation Council Commission in charge of overseeing the accuracy of information on incomes, property and liabilities filed by members of the Federation Council shall take one of the following decisions:
a) issue a warning to a member of the Federation Council;
b) issue a recommendation that a member of the Federation Council be released from the position of First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (hereinafter “First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council”), Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council of the Federation Assembly of the Russian Federation (hereinafter “Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council”), Chair of a Federation Council committee, First Deputy Chair of a Federation Council committee or Deputy Chair of a Federation Council committee without terminating the mandate of the Federation Council member.

2. Information on the issuance of a warning to a Federation Council member shall be published in the Parliamentary Gazette and placed on the official website of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (hereinafter the “official website of the Federation Council”).

3. A decision passed by the Federation Council Commission in charge of overseeing the accuracy of information on incomes, property and liabilities filed by members of the Federation Council to recommend that a member be released from the position of First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council or Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council shall be sent to the Speaker of the Federation Council.

The question of releasing First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council or Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council from his or her duties shall be reviewed in the manner set forth in Article 20 of these Rules of Procedure.

4. A decision passed by the Federation Council Commission in charge of overseeing the accuracy of information on incomes, property and liabilities filed by members of the Federation Council to recommend that a member be released from the position of Chair of a Federation Council committee, First Deputy Chair of a Federation Council committee or Deputy Chair of a Federation Council committee shall be sent to the Federation Council committee in question. The question of releasing Chair of a Federation Council committee, First Deputy Chair of a Federation Council committee or Deputy Chair of a Federation Council committee from the position shall be reviewed in the manner set forth in Article 29 of these Rules of Procedure.

5. Once a decision to penalise a member of the Federation Council is adopted and until the end of a member’s mandate, the member who was released from his or her duties shall be ineligible to assume any positions within the Federation Council, except for serving as a member on a Federation Council committee.

6. When carrying out verification procedures as per Article 81, Part 2, Paragraph (c) of these Rules of Procedure, and when having the Federation Council Commission in charge of overseeing the accuracy of information on incomes, property and liabilities filed by members of the Federation Council adopt a decision for establishing the grounds for the early termination of the powers of a member of the Federation Council, the powers of a member of the Federation Council shall be terminated as per Article 71 of these Rules of Procedure.

(Article 83 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 263-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 10 July 2019).

 

Article 9. Bodies of the Federation Council. Officials of the Federation Council

1. The bodies of the Federation Council include:

  • the Council of the Chamber
  • committees of the Federation Council;
  • the Commission of the Federation Council for the Monitoring of the Reliability of Information about Income, Property, and Property-Related Liabilities Submitted by Members of the Federation Council.

(Part 1 as amended by Resolutions No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011 and No. 421-SF dated 30 October 2013).

2. Officials of the Federation Council include:

  • the Speaker of the Federation Council;
  • the First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 263-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 10 July 2019);
  • the Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 263-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 10 July 2019);
  • the committee chair of the Federation Council;
  • the first deputy committee chair of the Federation Council;
  • the deputy committee chair of the Federation Council;
  • a member of a committee of the Federation Council.

(Part 2 as amended by Resolutions No. 305-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 19 September 2008 and No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011).

21. A member of the Federation Council who is newly conferred the powers of a member of the Federation Council shall continue to exercise the powers of an official of the Federation Council until the chamber decides to fill the corresponding position in the manner prescribed by these Rules of Procedure. The issue of filling the corresponding position shall be included in the agenda of the next sitting of the Federation Council.

(Part 21 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 356-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 9 July 2014).

3. Based on a proposal from the Speaker of the Federation Council, the Federation Council shall appoint from among the members of the Federation Council a plenipotentiary representative of the Federation Council in the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, a plenipotentiary representative of the Federation Council in the Government of the Russian Federation, a plenipotentiary representative of the Federation Council in the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, a plenipotentiary representative of the Federation Council in the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, a plenipotentiary representative of the Federation Council in the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation, a plenipotentiary representative of the Federation Council in the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation, a plenipotentiary representative of the Federation Council in the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, a plenipotentiary representative of the Federation Council in the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, a plenipotentiary representative of the Federation Council in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, a plenipotentiary representative of the Federation Council in the state authorities for the development of the Far East, East Siberia, and the Arctic, a plenipotentiary representative of the Federation Council in the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, a plenipotentiary representative of the Federation Council in the Interparliamentary Assembly of the Member Nations of the Commonwealth of Independent States, a plenipotentiary representative of the Federation Council for working with the Human Rights Commissioner of the Russian Federation, and a plenipotentiary representative of the Federation Council for working with the Presidential Commissioner for Children’s Rights (hereinafter referred to as plenipotentiary representatives of the Federation Council) (as amended by Resolution No. 263-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 10 July 2019).

Nominations for the appointment of plenipotentiary representatives of the Federation Council shall be sent by the relevant committees of the Federation Council for consideration to the Committee of the Federation Council on House Rules and Parliamentary Governance, which shall submit them to the Speaker of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 457-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 22 November 2017).

The decision to appoint a plenipotentiary representative of the Federation Council shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council, which shall be sent to the corresponding state (interstate) authority within three days from the date of its adoption.

Plenipotentiary representatives of the Federation Council whose activities are governed by the Rules of Procedure approved by the Council of the Chamber shall inform the Federation Council about their work for the year. The length of the speech must not exceed five minutes (as amended by Resolution No. 47-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 1 March 2017).

(Part 3 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 173-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 March 2002; as amended by Resolution No. 530-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 19 November 2014).

4. (Part 4 excluded in accordance with Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 10. Honorary Speaker of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and the Speaker of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation of the first convocation

1. The Federation Council may elect a Speaker of the Federation Council who has ceased exercising his/her powers in this position as an Honorary Speaker of the Federation Council of the Federation Assembly of the Russian Federation (hereinafter referred to as an Honorary Speaker of the Federation Council). The decision to elect an Honorary Speaker of the Federation Council shall be adopted by a majority vote of the total number of members of the Federation Council and shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

2. The title of Honorary Speaker of the Federation Council shall be a lifetime title.

3. An Honorary Speaker of the Federation Council as well as the Speaker of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation of the first convocation (hereinafter referred to as the Speaker of the Federation Council of the first convocation) shall be assigned special places in the Sitting Hall of the Federation Council and working spaces in the building of the Federation Council equipped with office and communications equipment. An Honorary Speaker of the Federation Council shall be provided with a service vehicle for travel within the city of Moscow.

This material support shall be granted to an Honorary Speaker of the Federation Council and the Speaker of the Federation Council of the first convocation after they cease exercising the powers of a member of the Federation Council. If an Honorary Speaker of the Federation Council is provided with a service vehicle in connection with the exercising of other powers, a service vehicle from the Federation Council shall not be provided.

(Part 3 as amended by Resolution No. 19-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 6 February 2013).

4. An Honorary Speaker of the Federation Council and the Speaker of the Federation Council of the first convocation shall have special identity documents and lapel pins.

5. An Honorary Speaker of the Federation Council and the Speaker of the Federation Council of the first convocation may:

participate in sittings of the Federation Council and committees of the chamber as well as in parliamentary hearings, sittings of roundtables, and other events held in the Federation Council with the right to cast a deliberative vote;

receive documents, materials, and other information provided to members of the Federation Council at sittings of the chamber, committees of the Federation Council, parliamentary hearings, and other events.

(Part 5 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 11. Deputy Chairperson of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

A member of the Federation Council elected Deputy Chairperson of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe shall be treated as a Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council in terms of logistical support conditions.

 

Article 111. Participation of members of the Federation Council in the work of commissions of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation

1. Commissions of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation may be formed in cases stipulated by federal laws.

2. The co-chairperson of a commission of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and its members from the Federation Council shall form a delegation from the Federation Council in the commission of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.

3. The decision to approve the members of a delegation from the Federation Council in a commission of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation shall be adopted by a majority of the votes of the total number of members of the Federation Council and shall be documented by a resolution of the chamber.

4. Information about the results of the delegation from the Federation Council in the commission of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation shall be sent in writing to the Speaker of the Federation Council.

(Article 111 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 532-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 December 2008).

 

Article 12. Participation of members of the Federation Council in the activities of supervisory boards of organizations established by the Russian Federation on the basis of federal laws as well as other bodies, and organizations

1. Based on a decision by the chamber, members of the Federation Council may participate as representatives of the Federation Council in the activities of the supervisory boards of organizations established by the Russian Federation on the basis of federal laws as well as other bodies and organizations. Nominations for appointment as representatives of the Federation Council shall be proposed by the relevant committees of the Federation Council. The relevant decision shall be made based on a proposal by the Committee of the Federation Council on House Rules and Parliamentary Governance.

(Part 1 as amended by Resolution No. 457-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 22 November 2017).

2. The procedure for the participation of representatives of the Federation Council in the work of a government commission in charge of investigating the causes of emergencies and their consequences shall be governed by Article 73 of these Rules of Procedure.

(Article 12 as amended by Resolution No. 341-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 10 July 2013).

 

Article 121. Work of members of the Federation Council with appeals from citizens

1. Members of the Federation Council shall consider individual and collective appeals from citizens received by the Federation Council and also receive citizens at the Reception Office of the Federation Council according to the schedule for the reception of citizens by members of committees of the Federation Council, approved by the Speaker of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

2. Organizational, information, and document support for the work of members of the Federation Council with individual and collective appeals shall be carried out by the relevant structural units of the Executive Office of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (hereinafter referred to as the Executive Office of the Federation Council).

(Article 121 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 25-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 12 February 2003).

 

Article 13. Certain concepts used to determine the results of voting

These Rules of Procedure uses the following concepts to determine the results of voting:

the total number of members of the Federation Council – two representatives from each constituent entity of the Russian Federation: one each from the legislative (representative) and executive bodies of the state authorities (170); representatives of the Russian Federation appointed by the President of the Russian Federation. The total number of members of the Federation Council shall be established by a resolution of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 356-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 9 July 2014);

the number of members of the Federation Council present at a sitting – the number of members of the Federation Council registered at the time of the last registration before voting;

the number of members of the Federation Council who took part in voting – the total number of members of the Federation Council who voted “for”, “against”, or “abstained” on a particular issue;

a simple majority of votes – the number of votes exceeding half of the total number of members of the Federation Council or the number of members of the Federation Council who took part in voting depending on the issue in question (as amended by Resolution No. 73-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 2 March 2007);

a special majority of votes – the number of votes constituting three-fourths, two-thirds, or three-fifths of the total number of members of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 73-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 2 March 2007).

 

Chapter 2

SPEAKER OF THE FEDERATION COUNCIL. FIRST DEPUTY SPEAKER OF THE FEDERATION COUNCIL. DEPUTY SPEAKERS OF THE FEDERATION COUNCIL

(name of the chapter amended by Resolution No. 305-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 19 September 2008)


Article 14. General procedure for the election of the Speaker of the Federation Council, First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council, and Deputy Speakers of the Federation Council

1. The Speaker of the Federation Council, First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council, and Deputy Speakers of the Federation Council shall be elected from among the members of the Federation Council.

2. The Speaker of the Federation Council shall be elected by a secret vote using ballots. The Federation Council may decide to conduct a secret vote using the electronic system.

3. The First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council and Deputy Speakers of the Federation Council shall be elected by a secret vote using ballots. The Federation Council may decide to conduct a secret vote using the electronic system or open voting.

(Article 14 as amended by Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014).

 

Article 15. Term of office of the Speaker of the Federation Council, First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council, and Deputy Speakers of the Federation Council

(name of the Article as amended by Resolutions No. 152-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004 and No. 305-SF dated 19 September 2008)

The Speaker of the Federation Council, First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council, and Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council shall be elected for a term as a member of the Federation Council and a representative of the legislative (representative) or executive body of state authorities of a constituent entity of the Russian Federation (as amended by Resolutions No. 152-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004 and No. 305-SF dated 19 September 2008).

(Part 2 excluded in accordance with Resolution No. 79-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 March 2003).

 

Article 16. Procedure for the election of the Speaker of the Federation Council

1. Nominations for the position of Speaker of the Federation Council shall be proposed by members of the Federation Council. Each member of the Federation Council may propose only one nomination.

2. A member of the Federation Council nominated for election to the position of Speaker of the Federation Council may refuse to accept the nomination. A statement on the refusal of a member of the Federation Council to accept the nomination shall be adopted without discussion or a vote.

3. A discussion shall be held on all candidates who have consented to stand for election during which they shall speak at a sitting and answer questions from members of the Federation Council. After discussion, the chamber shall approve the list of nominations for voting.

4. A candidate shall be considered elected if he/she received more than half of the votes of the total number of members of the Federation Council based on the voting results.

5. If more than two candidates were nominated for the position of Speaker of the Federation Council and none of them received the required number of votes, a second round of voting shall be held for the two candidates who received the most votes.

6. The candidate who received more than half the votes of the total number of members of the Federation Council shall be elected Speaker of the Federation Council based on the results of the second round of voting.

7. If a Speaker of the Federation Council is not elected in the second round of voting, the election procedure shall be repeated starting with the nomination of candidates.

8. The decision to elect the Speaker of the Federation Council shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 79-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 March 2003).

 

Article 17. Procedure for the election of the First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council and Deputy Speakers of the Federation Council

(name of the Article amended by Resolutions No. 152-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004 and No. 305-SF dated 19 September 2008)

1. The Federation Council shall adopt the decision on the number of Deputy Speakers of the Federation Council.

2. Nominations for the position of First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council and Deputy Speakers of the Federation Council shall be proposed by the Speaker of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolutions No. 152-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004 and No. 305-SF dated 19 September 2008).

3. A discussion and a separate vote shall be held for each of the proposed nominations for the position of First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council and Deputy Speakers of the Federation Council in the manner envisaged by Parts 26, Article 16 of these Rules of Procedure (as amended by Resolutions No. 152-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004 and No. 305-SF dated 19 September 2008).

31. If none of the candidates nominated for the position of First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council receives the required number of votes for election, the election procedure shall be repeated starting with the nomination of candidates.

(Part 31 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 305-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 19 September 2008).

4. (Part 4 excluded in accordance with Resolution No. 152-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004).

5. If none of the candidates nominated for the position of Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council receives the required number of votes for election or a fewer number of Deputy Speakers of the Federation Council are elected than specified by the chamber, the procedure for elections to vacant positions of the Deputy Speakers of the Federation Council shall be repeated starting with the nomination of candidates.

6. The Federation Council may elect the First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council and Deputy Speakers of the Federation Council using a single voting list (as amended by Resolutions No. 152-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004 and No. 305-SF dated 19 September 2008).

7. Nominations for all or for certain vacant positions of the First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council or Deputy Speakers of the Federation Council may be included in a single voting list (as amended by Resolutions No. 79-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 March 2003, No. 152-SF dated 26 May 2004, and No. 305-SF dated 19 September 2008).

8. A single voting list shall be put forward by the Speaker of the Federation Council.

9. One nomination each for the positions specified in Part 7 of this Article shall be included in the single voting list.

Members of the Federation Council who agreed to run for the relevant positions shall confirm their consent verbally at a sitting of the Federation Council.

If the candidate for a relevant position included in the single voting list refuses to accept the nomination, this candidate’s surname shall be excluded from the list. The list with a vacancy shall then be voted on or removed from voting by the Speaker of the Federation Council after which a new single list is formed.

10. The single voting list shall be read out by the Speaker of the Federation Council at a sitting of the chamber and distributed to members of the Federation Council.

11. After the announcement of the single voting list by the Speaker of the Federation Council, the candidates included in the list shall be nominated.

12. (Part 12 repealed in accordance with Resolution No. 149-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 April 2009).

13. All candidates for the positions of First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council and Deputy Speakers of the Federation Council who are included in the single voting list shall be deemed elected if the majority of the total number of members of the Federation Council voted for this list (as amended by Resolutions No. 152-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004 and No. 305-SF dated 19 September 2008).

14. Decisions on the election of the First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council and the Deputy Speakers of the Federation Council shall be documented by resolutions of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolutions No. 152-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004 and No. 305-SF dated 19 September 2008).

 

Article 18. Powers of the Speaker of the Federation Council

1. The Speaker of the Federation Council shall:

a) convene sittings of the Federation Council, including extraordinary sittings;

b) compile the draft agenda of a sitting of the Federation Council, submit it for consideration by the Council of the Chamber, and submit the draft agenda of a sitting of the Federation Council considered by the Council to the Federation Council;

c) chair sittings of the chamber;

d) sign resolutions of the Federation Council;

e) swear in the individuals appointed to the position of judge of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation and the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation;

e1) (clause e1 excluded in accordance with Resolution No. 556-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 15 December 2010);

f) manage the internal Rules of Procedure of the chamber’s activities in accordance with the powers granted by these Rules of Procedure;

f1) handle the overall management associated with organizing and conducting activities for ongoing parliamentary control (clause f1 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 341-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 10 July 2013);

g) distribute duties between the First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council and Deputy Speakers of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 305-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 19 September 2008);

h) organize the work of the Council of the Chamber and manage its sittings;

i) coordinate the work of the committees of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011);

j) send draft laws of the Russian Federation on amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation approved by the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (hereinafter referred to as the State Duma), federal constitutional laws adopted by the State Duma as well as bills and amendments to bills drafted by a committee of the Federation Council or a member of the Federation Council which are to be submitted to the State Duma as part of the exercising of the right to legislative initiative of the Federation Council to the committees of the Chamber for preliminary consideration in accordance with the matters of their jurisdiction (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011);

j1) send documents and materials required to conduct a public expert examination of draft laws of the Russian Federation on amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation, draft federal constitutional laws, and federal laws to the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation at the latter’s request (except for materials containing information constituting a state secret or other secret protected by law) (clause j1 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 85-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 March 2006);

k) publish notices about laws of the Russian Federation that are adopted to amend the Constitution of the Russian Federation for public knowledge;

l) send laws of the Russian Federation that are adopted to amend the Constitution of the Russian Federation to the legislative (representative) bodies of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation for consideration;

m) send laws of the Russian Federation that are adopted to amend the Constitution of the Russian Federation as well as federal constitutional laws and federal laws that have been approved by the Federation Council to the President of the Russian Federation for signing and official publication;

n) send draft laws of the Russian Federation to amend the Constitution of the Russian Federation as well as federal constitutional laws and federal laws that have been rejected by the Federation Council to the State Duma;

o) send legislative acts adopted by the Parliament of the Union State and the Interparliamentary Assembly of the Eurasian Economic Community, model legislative acts adopted by the Interparliamentary Assembly of Member States of the Commonwealth of Independent States as well as drafts of these acts to the committees of the Federation Council in accordance with matters falling within their jurisdiction as well as to the Legal Department of the Executive Office of the Federation Council for the preparation of proposals (as amended by Resolutions No. 308-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 6 October 2006 and No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011);

p) represent the chamber in its relations with the federal state authorities, state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, local government bodies, public associations, the parliaments of foreign states, international organizations as well as state and public figures of foreign states;

q) participate in the conciliation procedures utilized by the President of the Russian Federation in accordance with Part 1, Article 85 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation in order to resolve disagreements between the federal state authorities and the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation and also between the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation;

r) coordinate the organization of parliamentary hearings, roundtables, and other events held in the Federation Council;

s) approve the schedule for the reception of citizens by members of committees of the Federation Council and also send individual and collective appeals from citizens received by the Federation Council to other officials of the Federation Council for consideration (as amended by Resolutions No. 25-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 12 February 2003 and No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011);

t) resolve other issues related to organizing the activities of the Federation Council in accordance with these Rules of Procedure and other regulatory legal acts;

u) handle the general management of the Executive Office of the Federation Council and supervise its activities (as amended by Resolution No. 79-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 March 2003);

v) approve the structure of the Executive Office of the Federation Council in coordination with the Council of the Chamber;

w) approve the staff of the Executive Office of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 254-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 May 2002);

x) appoint and dismiss the Secretary General of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (hereinafter referred to as the Secretary General of the Federation Council) with the consent of the Council of the Chamber and appoint and dismiss the first deputies (first deputy), Deputy Secretaries General of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, and other employees of the Executive Office of the Federation Council based on the proposal of the Secretary General of the Federation Council in accordance with the Rules of Procedure on the Executive Office of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation;

x1) sign the certificate for the badge of honour of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation “For Merit in the Development of Parliamentarianism” (clause x1 introduced by Resolution No. 152-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004);

y) sign and present the Certificate of Honour of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation;

z) sign and send proposals to the President of the Russian Federation on the conferral of state awards for members of the Federation Council and employees of the Executive Office of the Federation Council based on the decision of the Council of the Chamber;

aa) sign and send invitations from the chamber to members of the Government of the Russian Federation and other individuals in the manner prescribed by Article 77 of these Rules of Procedure;

bb) manage work associated with planning the chamber’s activities;

bb1) sign a power of attorney for a representative of the Federation Council during the consideration of a case by the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation;

bb2) submit proposals to the Federation Council for consideration on nominations for the appointment of authorized representatives of the Federation Council from among the members of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 530-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 19 November 2014);

bb3) approve the instructions on document management in the Federation Council and the instructions on working with appeals from citizens in the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 20-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 9 February 2005);

bb4) give instructions to committees of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 38-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 22 February 2012);

bb5) give instructions to other officials of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 79-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 March 2003).

2. The Speaker of the Federation Council shall issue orders and give instructions based on matters falling within his/her competence.

3. The Federation Council may cancel an order of the Speaker of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (hereinafter referred to as the Speaker of the Federation Council) that runs counter to the laws of the Russian Federation and these Rules of Procedure.

4. The Speaker of the Federation Council, or the First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council based on instructions from the former, shall submit reports to the Federation Council on the chamber’s activities and on the draft programme of its legislative work in the manner prescribed by the decision of the Federation Council, which shall be discussed at sittings of the Federation Council. The Federation Council may adopt decisions based on the results of the discussion (as amended by Resolutions No. 152-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004 and No. 305-SF dated 19 September 2008).

5. The Speaker of the Federation Council, following approval with the Council of the Chamber, shall approve the rules for the provision of inter-budgetary transfers from the federal budget to the budgets of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation for the reimbursement of expenses associated with material support for the activities of members of the Federation Council and their aides in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation and the rules for granting subsidies from the federal budget for state support to the mass media outlets established by the Federation Council submitted to the Council of the Chamber by the Committee of the Federation Council on House Rules and Parliamentary Governance (as amended by Resolutions No. 223-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 18 June 2008 and No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011).

6. The Speaker of the Federation Council shall approve the standards for financial, logistical, and other support for the activities of members of the Federation Council endorsed in the prescribed manner by the Committee of the Federation Council on House Rules and Parliamentary Governance.

(Part 6 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 223-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 18 June 2008; as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 19. Powers of the First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council and Deputy Speakers of the Federation Council

1. In accordance with these Rules of Procedure and the distribution of responsibilities between the First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council and the Deputy Speakers of the Federation Council established by the Speaker of the Federation Council, the First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council shall:

a) substitute for the Speaker of the Federation Council in the latter’s absence;

b) submit reports to the Federation Council on the chamber’s activities and on the draft programme of its legislative work based on instructions from the Speaker of the Federation Council;

c) sign resolutions of the chamber, issue orders, and present recipients with badges of honour of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation “For Merits in the Development of Parliamentarianism” and the Certificate of Honour of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation based on instructions from the Speaker of the Federation Council;

d) exercise other powers on matters concerning the internal Rules of Procedure of the chamber’s activities based on instructions from the Speaker of the Federation Council.

2. In accordance with these Rules of Procedure and the distribution of responsibilities between the First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council and the Deputy Speakers of the Federation Council established by the Speaker of the Federation Council, Deputy Speakers of the Federation Council shall:

a) substitute for the Speaker of the Federation Council in the absence of the latter and the First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council;

b) sign resolutions of the chamber, issue orders, and present recipients with badges of honour of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation “For Merits in the Development of Parliamentarianism” and the Certificate of Honour of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation based on instructions from the Speaker of the Federation Council;

c) exercise other powers on matters concerning the internal Rules of Procedure of the chamber’s activities based on instructions from the Speaker of the Federation Council.

3. Based on instructions from the Speaker of the Federation Council, the First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council and the Deputy Speakers of the Federation Council shall handle the overall management associated with organizing and conducting activities for ongoing parliamentary control.

(Part 3 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 341-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 10 July 2013).

(Article 19 amended by Resolution No. 305-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 19 September 2008).

 

Article 20. Procedure for the dismissal of the Speaker of the Federation Council First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council, and Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council

1. The Speaker of the Federation Council, First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council, and a Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council may be dismissed based on the decision of the Federation Council adopted by a majority of votes of the total number of members of the Federation Council.

2. The issue of the dismissal of the Speaker of the Federation Council, the First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council, and a Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council shall be considered by the Federation Council upon receipt of a personal statement by the Speaker of the Federation Council, First Deputy Chairperson, or the Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council or based on a proposal from a group of members of the Federation Council of at least one-fifth of the total number of members of the Federation Council.

The issue of the dismissal of the First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council or a Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council shall also be considered based on a request from the Speaker of the Federation Council, including based on the decision by the Federation Council Commission in charge of overseeing the accuracy of information on incomes, property and liabilities filed by members of the Federation Council to recommend that a Federation Council member be released from the office in question (as amended by Resolution No. 263-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 10 July 2019).

3. The issue of the dismissal of the Speaker of the Federation Council, the First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council, and a Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council shall be included in the agenda of the next sitting of the Federation Council without a vote or discussion.

4. The Speaker of the Federation Council, the First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council, or a Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council shall be given the floor to speak when considering the issue of his/her dismissal.

5. The decision on the dismissal of the Speaker of the Federation Council, the First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council, and a Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council shall be documented by a resolution of the chamber.

6. (Part 6 excluded in accordance with Resolution No. 556-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 15 December 2010).

(Article 20 amended by Resolutions No. 152-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004 and No. 305-SF dated 19 September 2008).

 

 

Chapter 3
COUNCIL OF THE CHAMBER 


Article 21. Status of the Council of the Chamber

1. The Council of the Chamber is formed to prepare and consider matters concerning the activities of the Federation Council.

2. The Council of the Chamber is a permanent body of the Federation Council.

 

Article 22. Members of the Council of the Chamber

The composition of the Council of the Chamber includes the Speaker of the Federation Council, the First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council, Deputy Speakers of the Federation Council, and the chairmen of the committees of the Federation Council, who have the right to vote on all matters considered by the Council of the Chamber (as amended by Resolutions No. 152 of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004, No. 149-SF dated 152-SF dated 29 April 2009, and No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 23. Powers of the Council of the Chamber

The Council of the Chamber shall:

a) approve the schedule of sittings of the Federation Council for the autumn and spring sessions (as amended by Resolution No. 25-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 12 February 2003);

a1) approve lists of matters to be heard during “Government Hour” for the spring and autumn sessions (clause а1 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 47-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 1 March 2017);

a2) approve the schedule for “expert time” for the spring and autumn sessions (clause а2 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 47-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 1 March 2017);

b) discuss the degree of preparation of matters submitted for a sitting of the Federation Council;

c) consider the draft agenda for a sitting of the Federation Council;

d) compile a list of individuals invited to a sitting of the Federation Council;

d1) adopt the decision to submit nominations to the President of the Russian Federation for appointment to the position of Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation and Auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation (clause d1 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 110-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 17 April 2013);

d2) adopt the decision to send a bill that is prepared in the procedure used to exercise the right to legislative initiative of the Federation Council to the state authorities for a conclusion (official opinion) in cases envisaged by Part 1, Article 142 of these Rules of Procedure (clause d2 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014);

e) approve the Rules of Procedure on the activities of the plenipotentiary representatives specified in Part 3, Article 9 of these Rules of Procedure (clause e introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 173-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 March 2002; as amended by Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014);

e1) makes statements and addresses on general political and socioeconomic issues (clause e1 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 491-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 December 2009);

f) adopt decisions on holding parliamentary hearings;

f1) consider and approve the event plan of the Federation Council for the spring (autumn) session (clause е1 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 279-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 June 2015);

g) consider and approve the plan for the interparliamentary cooperation of the Federation Council, the procedure for the formation of delegations from the Federation Council within the delegations of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation in international parliamentary organizations, and the procedure for the formation of the Russian parts of interparliamentary commissions for bilateral cooperation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation with the parliaments of foreign states, the members of the delegations of the Federation Council sent abroad as well as the heads of these delegations, their deputies, and accompanying persons, determine the scope of the powers of delegations of the Federation Council and official travel expenses, and also adopt the decision to send a member of the Federation Council abroad when not envisaged by the plan for the interparliamentary cooperation of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolutions No. 152-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004 and No. 127-SF dated 16 April 2014);

h) give consent for the appointment and dismissal of the Secretary General of the Federation Council;

h1) adopt the decision to award citizens of the Russian Federation and citizens of foreign states with the badge of honour of the Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation “For Merits in the Development of Parliamentarianism” (clause h1 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 152-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004);

i) adopt the decision to award the Certificate of Honour of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation to citizens and organizations of the Russian Federation as well as citizens of foreign states;

j) adopt decisions on sending proposals to the President of the Russian Federation on the presentation of state awards to members of the Federation Council and employees of the Executive Office of the Federation Council;

j1) hear information from the committees of the Federation Council about the results of the consideration of information submitted by the Government of the Russian Federation on the drafting and anticipated dates of the adoption of regulatory legal acts whose drafting and adoption are envisaged by federal laws (clause j1 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 341-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 10 July 2013);

k) hear information from committees of the Federation Council and officials of the Federation Council on the implementation of the decisions of the Federation Council that contain proposals for bodies and officials as well as instructions for committees of the Federation Council and officials of the Federation Council (clause k introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 25-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 12 February 2003; as amended by Resolutions No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011 and No. 194-SF dated 27 June 2012);

k1) approves the rules submitted by the Committee of the Federation Council on House Rules and Parliamentary Governance for the provision of inter-budgetary transfers from the federal budget to the budgets of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation for the reimbursement of expenses associated with material support for the activities of members of the Federation Council and their aides in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation and the rules for granting subsidies from the federal budget for state support to the mass media outlets established by the Federation Council (clause k1 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 223-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 18 June 2008; as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011);

k2) approve the cost estimates submitted by the Committee of the Federation Council on House Rules and Parliamentary Governance for the reception of delegations and the cost estimates for the preparation and holding of events in the Federation Council (clause k2 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 223-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 18 June 2008; as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011);

l) consider information submitted by the Federation Council Committee on the House Rules and Parliamentary Governance about the implementation of the decisions of the Federation Council containing proposals for bodies and officials, instructions for committees of the Federation Council and officials of the Federation Council, as well as decisions of the Council of the Chamber containing instructions to Federation Council committees and officials (Paragraph (l) was introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 25-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 12 February 2003; as amended by Resolutions No. 3-SF dated 17 January 2018 and No. 405-SF dated 25 September 2019 of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation);

m) periodically hears reports from the Secretary General of the Federation Council about the work of the Executive Office of the Federation Council;

n) resolves other matters in accordance with these Rules of Procedure.

 

Article 24. Sittings of the Council of the Chamber

1. As a rule, Council of the Chamber shall meet on the day preceding the day of the sitting of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 85-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 March 2006).

2. The sitting of the Council of the Chamber shall be chaired by the Speaker of the Federation Council or the First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council or one of the Deputy Speakers of the Federation Council in accordance with Article 19 of these Rules of Procedure (as amended by Resolutions No. 152-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004 and No. 149-SF dated 29 April 2009).

3. Sittings of the Council of the Chamber may be attended by:

plenipotentiary representatives of the Federation Council (paragraph 2 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 254-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 May 2002; as amended by Resolution No. 530-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 19 November 2014);

a member of the Federation Council based on instructions from a committee of the Federation Council or a committee chair of the Federation Council;

a member of the Federation Council who is the author of the legislative initiative considered at a sitting of the Council of the Chamber;

the plenipotentiary representative of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (hereinafter referred to as the plenipotentiary representative of the State Duma in the Federation Council);

the plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (hereinafter referred to as the plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council);

the plenipotentiary representative of the Government of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (hereinafter referred to as the plenipotentiary representative of the Government of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council).

 (Part 3 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

4. Materials on matters submitted for consideration by the Council of the Chamber shall be presented to members of the Council of the Chamber as a rule no later than 24 hours prior to the start of the sitting.

The procedure for submitting the specified materials to members of the Council of the Chamber shall be determined by the instructions on document management in the Federation Council (paragraph 2 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 260-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 6 July 2007).

5. Individuals taking part in sittings of the Council of the Chamber who are not members of the Council of the Chamber may ask questions, provide information, and be given the floor to speak based on the decision of the Council of the Chamber.

6. Members of the Federation Council may be present at a sitting of the Council of the Chamber and submit proposals on the draft agenda of the sitting of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 79-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 March 2003).

7. A sitting of the Council of the Chamber shall be attended by the Secretary General of the Federation Council, first Deputy Secretary(ies) General of the Federation Council, Deputy Secretaries General of the Federation Council, and Secretaries of the structural units of the Executive Office of the Federation Council.

(Part 7 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 25-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 12 February 2003; as amended by Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014).

 

Article 25. Decisions of the Council of the Chamber

1. Decisions of the Council of the Chamber shall be adopted by a majority vote of the total number of members of the Federation Council and documented in the form of excerpts from the minutes of the sitting of the Council of the Chamber, which shall be signed by the chairperson of the sitting of the Council of the Chamber.

2. In the period between sessions on specific matters of an urgent nature, a decision of the Council of the Chamber may be adopted by a poll of members of the Council of the Chamber. In this case, materials on matters submitted for consideration by the Council of the Chamber shall be sent to the members of the Council of the Chamber at the email address specified by them. A member of the Council of the Chamber shall send his/her position on each matter to the Federation Council via a special email address. A decision adopted by a poll shall be brought to the attention of the members of the Council of the Chamber at the next sitting of the Council of the Chamber.

3. Statements and addresses of the Council of the Chamber shall be adopted in the manner envisaged for adopting decisions of the Council of the Chamber.

4. Members of the Federation Council shall be informed about all matters considered by the Council of the Chamber and decisions adopted on such matters.

5. The Federation Council may cancel a decision of the Council of the Chamber.

6. Control over the execution of decisions passed by the Council of the Chamber and containing instructions to Federation Council committees and officials shall be performed as set forth in Article 681 of these Rules of Procedure.

(Part 6 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 405-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 25 September 2019).

(Article 25 as amended by Resolution No. 279-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 June 2015).

 

Article 251. Presidium of the Council of the Chamber

(Article 251 excluded in accordance with Resolution No. 443-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 25 November 2011).

 

 

Chapter 4
COMMITTEES OF THE FEDERATION COUNCIL
(name of Chapter 4 amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011)

 

Article 26. Committees of the Federation Council

1. The Federation Council shall form the committees of the Federation Council from among the members of the chamber. Committees of the Federation Council shall permanent bodies of the chamber.

2. Committees of the Federation Council shall be formed to develop basic, conceptual proposals for the exercising of constitutional powers of the Federation Council, the preliminary consideration of draft laws of the Russian Federation on amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation and federal constitutional laws approved by the State Duma and submitted to the Federation Council for consideration, federal laws adopted by the State Duma and submitted to the Federation Council for consideration as well as other matters placed under the jurisdiction of the Federation Council by the Constitution of the Russian Federation, federal constitutional laws, and federal laws.

(Article 26 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 261. Interim commissions of the Federation Council

1. The Federation Council may establish interim commissions from among the chamber members.

2. An interim commission shall be established by the Federation Council for a specific period of time to resolve a specific objective. The establishment of an interim commission shall be coordinated with the corresponding committee of the Federation Council.

3. The decision of the Federation Council on the establishment of an interim commission shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council. The resolution of the Federation Council shall specify the specific objective for which the interim commission of the Federation Council was established to resolve, its powers, the duration of its activities. The operations of an interim commission shall be governed by a regulation drafted by the interim commission and approved by the Council of the Chamber.

4. The composition of an interim commission of the Federation Council and changes in its composition shall be approved by a majority of votes cast by Federation Council members, and executed as a resolution of the Federation Council. An interim commission of the Federation Council may include the Speaker of the Federation Council, First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council, and Deputy Speakers of the Federation Council.

5. Together with the corresponding Federation Council committee, an interim commission of the Federation Council may add items to the draft agenda of Federation Council or Council of the Chamber meetings.

6. The Federation Council may decide to extend the mandate of an interim commission or decide on its early termination.

7. An interim commission of the Federation Council shall present an annual report on its activities to the chamber. A representative of the interim commission of the Federation Council will have no more than five minutes to present the annual report.

8. Член Совета Федерации, являющийся членом временной комиссии Совета Федерации, после прекращения своих полномочий выбывает из ее состава без принятия соответствующего решения Советом Федерации.

(Article 261 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011; as amended by Resolution No. 405-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 25 September 2019).

 

Article 27. Powers of a committee of the Federation Council
(name of Article 27 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011)

1. A committee of the Federation Council shall:

a) draft and preliminarily review bills and amendments to bills on matters falling within its jurisdiction (including in the procedure for exercising the right to legislative initiative of the Federation Council) as well as drafts of other regulatory legal acts and amendments thereto;

a1) conduct an expert examination of bills on matters falling within its competence as well as an examination of federal constitutional laws approved by the State Duma and submitted to the Federation Council for consideration and federal laws adopted by the State Duma and submitted to the Federation Council for consideration in order to identify provisions within them that are conducive to creating conditions for corruption (clause а1 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 149-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 April 2009);

b) prepare proposals on sections of the federal budget in accordance with the matters falling within its competence;

c) prepare conclusions on draft laws of the Russian Federation on amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation and federal constitutional laws approved by the State Duma and submitted to the Federation Council as well as federal laws adopted by the State Duma and submitted to the Federation Council for consideration;

d) preliminarily review draft bills submitted to the State Duma, prepare feedback on them, and may send representatives to work on bills in committees, commissions, and working groups of the State Duma in coordination with committees and commissions of the State Duma (as amended by Resolution No. 389-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 21 October 2015);

d1) prepares a draft resolution of the Federation Council on requesting the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation to conduct a public expert examination of draft federal constitutional laws and federal laws (clause d1 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 85-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 March 2006);

e) may preliminarily consider draft laws of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation in coordination with the constituent entities of the Russian Federation on matters falling within the joint jurisdiction of the Russian Federation and the constituent entities of the Russian Federation;

f) consider bills and amendments to bills on matters falling within its jurisdiction drafted by members of the Federation Council in the procedure for exercising the right to legislative initiative and sent by them to the committee (clause f introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 79-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 March 2003);

f1) (clause f1 excluded in accordance with Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014);

f2) prepare and send documents and materials required to conduct a public expert examination of draft laws of the Russian Federation on amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation, draft federal constitutional laws, and federal laws to the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation at the latter’s request (except for materials containing information constituting a state secret or other secret protected by law) within three days from the day on which the Federation Council receives a request from the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation or from the start day of the next session of the Federation Council (if the request from the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation was received by the Federation Council in the period between sessions of the Federation Council) (clause f2 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 85-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 March 2006);

f3) consider draft regulatory legal acts of the Government of the Russian Federation on matters falling within its jurisdiction that establish rules for the provision of inter-budgetary transfers from the federal budget to the budgets of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation for which the distribution between the budgets of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation is not approved by the federal law on the federal budget, adopt a decision on this distribution, and send it to the Committee of the Federation Council on the Budget and Financial Markets (clause f3 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014);

g) consider and implement federal and regional target programmes on matters falling within its jurisdiction (clause g introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 173-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 March 2002);

h) take part in international cooperation on matters falling within its jurisdiction (clause h introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 173-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 March 2002;

h1) consider the annual report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation and prepare a conclusion on it (clause h1 introduced in accordance with Resolution No.152-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004);

i) may prepare proposals based on instructions from the Speaker of the Federation Council in accordance with the matters falling within its jurisdiction on legislative acts adopted by the Parliament of the Union State and the Interparliamentary Assembly of the Eurasian Economic Community, model legislative acts adopted by the Interparliamentary Assembly of Member States of the Commonwealth of Independent States and also draft and preliminarily consider drafts of these acts (as amended by Resolution No. 308-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 6 October 2006);

j) organize parliamentary hearings, roundtables, and other events on matters falling within its jurisdiction;

k) participate in the preparations for and holding “Government Hour” during a sitting of the Federation Council;

l) resolve issues concerning the organization of its activities;

m) submit proposals to the Council of the Chamber on nominations for the conferral of the Certificate of Honour of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation;

n) submit proposals to the Council of the Chamber on the presentation of state awards to members of the committee of the Federation Council and the staff of the office of a committee of the Federation Council;

o) organize the personal reception of citizens by the members of the committee in accordance with the matters falling within its jurisdiction according to the schedule approved by the Speaker of the Federation Council (clause o introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 254-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 May 2002);

p) consider other matters placed under its jurisdiction by the Federation Council.

(Part 1 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

11. When preparing an opinion on a bill, a committee of the Federation Council that is responsible for reviewing the bill shall:
establish a consolidated position on the bill taking into consideration opinions by Federation Council committees that co-authored the bill;
take into consideration the results of the consideration by the Council of Legislators of the Russian Federation under the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation of a bill submitted by a regional legislative (representative) authority of the Russian Federation;
indicate the need for the Government of the Russian Federation to draft regulatory legal acts that are necessary to implement the federal law in the event of its adoption.

(Part 11 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 389-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 21 October 2015; as amended by Resolution No. 188-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 May 2019).

12. A committee of the Federation Council tasked with reviewing a bill for the Federation Council shall send its opinion regarding the bill to the State Duma and present its position on the bill in government bodies.

(Part 12 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 188-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 May 2019).

2. A committee of the Federation Council may send written requests on matters falling within its jurisdiction to the Government of the Russian Federation and the federal executive bodies as well as request materials and documents required for its activities from the state authorities, public associations, and officials (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

3. A Committee of the Federation Council shall be guided in its work by the Constitution of the Russian Federation, federal constitutional laws, federal laws, resolutions of the Federation Council, these Rules of Procedure, decisions of the Council of the Chamber as well as the directives and written instructions of the Speaker of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

4. Committees of the Federation Council shall draft provisions that specify the structure and procedure for the work of committees, the division of responsibilities between the chairpersons, first deputy chairpersons, and deputy Chairs of Committees, and other issues associated with organizing the internal activities of committees of the Federation Council. The Rules of Procedure on a committee of the Federation Council shall be approved by the Council of the Chamber.

(Part 4 as amended by Resolution No. 443-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 25 November 2011).

5. A committee of the Federation Council shall draft its own work plan (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).


Article 28. Procedure for the formation and structure of a committee of the Federation Council
(name of Article 28 as amended by Resolution No. 443-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 25 November 2011)

1. Each member of the Federation Council must be a member of one of the committees of the Federation Council. A member of the Federation Council may only be a member of one committee of the chamber.

Members of the Federation Council must submit an application for membership in a committee of the Federation Council within one month from the day on which they begin exercising their powers. A member of the Federation Council shall also be transferred to another committee of the chamber based on a written request.

The Speaker of the Federation Council may not be a member of a committee of the Federation Council. The First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council and a Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council may be a member of one of the committees of the Federation Council.

(Part 1 as amended by Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014).

2. The composition of a Federation Council committee and changes to its composition shall be approved by the chamber with a majority vote of the total number of members of the Federation Council, and executed as a resolution of the Federation Council. A committee of the chamber must be comprised of at least 11 members and no more than 21 members of the Federation Council. (Paragraph 1 as amended by Resolution No. 405-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 25 September 2019).

If the size of a committee of the Federation Council falls below 11 members, the committee chair shall immediately inform the Speaker of the Federation Council.

(Part 2 as amended by Resolutions No. 260-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 6 July 2007 and No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011).

3. A member of the Federation Council shall withdraw from a committee of the chamber upon termination of his/her powers without the adoption of a relevant decision by the Chamber (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

4. A Committee of the Federation Council may form subcommittees for the main areas of its activities. A member of a Committee of the chamber may join any of the subcommittees of this committee. Subcommittees shall be chaired by first deputy chairpersons of the committee (chairpersons of the subcommittees) or deputy chairpersons of the committee (chairpersons of the subcommittees) taking into account the requirements of Part 4, Article 29 of these Rules of Procedure.

The name, work procedure, and matters falling within the jurisdiction of a subcommittee shall be governed by the Rules of Procedure on the committees of the Federation Council. The decisions of a subcommittee­ associated with the exercising of the powers envisaged by Article 27 of these Rules of Procedure are advisory in nature.

(Part 4 as amended by Resolutions No. 443-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 25 November 2011 and No. 38-SF dated 22 February 2012).

 

Article 29. Procedure for the election and dismissal of the chairperson, first deputy chairperson, and deputy chairpersons of a committee of the Federation Council
(name of Article 29 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011)

(Part 1 excluded in accordance with Resolution No. 79-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 March 2003).

1. The chairperson, first deputy chairperson, and deputy chairpersons of a committee of the Federation Council shall be elected at a sitting of the committee of the chamber by a majority vote of the total number of committee members. The chairperson and first deputy committee chair of the Federation Council shall be approved by a majority vote of the total number of members of the Federation Council. This decision shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

(Part 1 as amended by Resolutions No. 79-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 March 2003 and No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011).

11. The Federation Council may directly elect chairpersons and first deputy Chairs of Committees of the Federation Council at a sitting of the chamber by a single voting list in the manner prescribed by Part 3, Article 14 and Parts 6–14, Article 17 of these Rules of Procedure.

(Part 11 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 443-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 25 November 2011; as amended by Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014).

2. The chairperson, first deputy chairperson, and deputy chairpersons of a committee of the Federation Council shall be elected for their term as a member of the Federation Council who is a representative from the legislative (representative) or executive body of the state authorities of a constituent entity of the Russian Federation (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

3. (Part 3 excluded in accordance with Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014).

4. A Committee of the Federation Council shall decide on the number of first deputies and deputy chairpersons of the committee. Their total number may not be more than four. In exceptional cases, the Speaker of the Federation Council may decide to increase the number of first deputies and deputy chairpersons of a committee.

(Part 4 as amended by Resolution No. 443-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 25 November 2011).

5. A Committee of the Federation Council may dismiss the chairperson, first deputy chairperson, or deputy committee chair from office by a majority vote of the total number of committee members. The dismissal of the chairperson or first deputy committee chair of the chamber shall be approved by the Federation Council by a majority vote of the total number of members of the Federation Council. This decision shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

(Part 5 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

6. (Part 6 excluded in accordance with Resolution No. 556-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 15 December 2010).

Article 30. Committees of the Federation Council formed by the chamber and matters falling within their jurisdiction

1. The Federation Council shall form:

  • the Committee of the Federation Council on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building (as amended by Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014);
  • the Committee of the Federation Council on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Government and Northern Affairs;
  • the Committee of the Federation Council on Defense and Security;
  • the Committee of the Federation Council on Foreign Affairs;
  • the Committee of the Federation Council on the Budget and Financial Markets;
  • the Committee of the Federation Council on Economic Policy;
  • the Committee of the Federation Council on Agriculture and Food Policy and Environmental Management;
  • the Committee of the Federation Council on Social Policy;
  • the Committee of the Federation Council on Science, Education, and Culture (as amended by Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014);
  • the Committee of the Federation Council on House Rules and Parliamentary Governance.

2. The decision to reorganize or liquidate individual committees or establish new committees shall be adopted in the manner prescribed by Chapter 32 of these Rules of Procedure.

3. Matters falling within the jurisdiction of the Committee of the Federation Council on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building shall include:

changes to the Constitution of the Russian Federation;

amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation;

the rights and freedoms of man and citizen;

the state structure of the Russian Federation;

the organization of the system of the state authorities in the Russian Federation;

public service;

the legal status of citizens of the Russian Federation, foreign citizens, and stateless persons;

public associations, religious organizations, political parties, and trade unions;

non-profit organizations, except for state corporations;

state migration policy;

the judicial system, the public prosecutor's office, investigation, justice, advocacy, and notaries;

constitutional law;

criminal law;

criminal procedure law;

criminal and penal law;

civil law;

civil procedural law;

arbitration procedural law;

administrative law;

family law;

enforcement proceedings;

anti-corruption;

state policy in the mass media, information technologies, and information protection;

the development of a common information space of the Russian Federation and the creation of an information society;

information exchange and the development of public computer networks;

information security for children;

the distribution of periodicals, book and other printed products as well as audio and video products;

publishing and printing activities;

the preliminary discussion and submission to the Federation Council for consideration of nominations to be appointed to the positions of President of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairpersons of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation;

the preliminary discussion and submission to the Federation Council for consideration of nominations to be appointed to the positions of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairpersons of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, members of the Presidium of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation;

the preliminary discussion and submission to the Federation Council for consideration of nominations to be appointed to the positions of judges of the Economic Court of the Commonwealth of Independent States;

the preliminary discussion of nominations and the compilation and submission to the Federation Council for consideration of a list of members of the public to be appointed members of the Higher Qualification Board of Judges of the Russian Federation and the preliminary consideration of the early termination of the powers of members of the Higher Qualification Board of Judges of the Russian Federation who are members of the public appointed by the Federation Council;

the preliminary discussion and submission to the Federation Council for consideration of nominations to be appointed to the positions of Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, First Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, and Deputy Prosecutors General of the Russian Federation and issues concerning the dismissal of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, First Deputy of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, and Deputy Prosecutors General of the Russian Federation;

ensuring the Federation Council’s interaction with the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation;

ensuring the Federation Council’s interaction with the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, the Higher Qualification Board of Judges of the Russian Federation, the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, and the Higher Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation;

ensuring the consideration at a sitting of the Federation Council of the annual report of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation on the state of law and order in the Russian Federation and on the work performed to strengthen law and order as well as the annual report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation.

(Part 3 as amended by Resolution No. 457-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 22 November 2017).

4. Matters falling within the jurisdiction of the Committee of the Federation Council on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Government and Northern Affairs shall include:

the federal structure of the Russian Federation;

state national and regional policy;

state policy in local self-governance, the general principles of the organization of local self-governance, and guarantees of local self-governance;

public housing policy;

the production of energy-efficient and environmentally friendly building materials;

reforming and modernizing the housing and utilities sector of the Russian Federation as well as collecting, recycling, and processing domestic waste;

urban planning activities;

the state policy for the socioeconomic development of the regions of the Far North and equated localities;

state policy in the Arctic;

the acceptance into the Russian Federation and formation of a new constituent entity of the Russian Federation;

a change in the borders between the constituent entities of the Russian Federation as well as the borders of the federal cities of Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Sevastopol (as amended by Resolution No. 279-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 June 2015);

the general principles for the organization of the legislative (representative) and executive state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation;

the delineation of the subjects of jurisdiction and powers between the bodies of the state authorities of the Russian Federation, the bodies of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, and local government bodies;

elections to the bodies of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation and local government bodies;

state civil service of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation and municipal service;

economic, financial, and social foundations of regional policy;

organizational, territorial, financial, and economic foundations of local self-governance;

the conferral on local government bodies of certain state powers and the participation of local government bodies of one level in the exercising of certain powers of local government bodies of another level;

the Rules of Procedure of specific aspects of the organization of local self-governance in adjacent territories, closed administrative-territorial entities, science cities, cities of federal significance, and other territories;

interregional and inter-municipal cooperation;

the Rules of Procedure of labour resources, state guarantees, and compensation for people working and living in the Far North and equated localities;

the sustainable development of indigenous small-numbered peoples of the North, Siberia, and the Far East of the Russian Federation, the protection of their original habitat and traditional way of life, and support for communities and the traditional economic activities of these peoples;

the use of natural resources, environmental protection, and ensuring environmental safety as the foundation for the life and activities of peoples living in the Far North and equated areas;

pension and social security of the population in the regions of the Far North and equated localities;

the state Rules of Procedure of the use of the Northern Sea Route;

paragraph 27 excluded in accordance with Resolution No. 457-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 22 November 2017;

the pricing and tariff policy in the housing and utilities sector;

construction activities (paragraph 29 introduced by Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014).

5. Matters falling within the jurisdiction of the Committee of the Federation Council on Defense and Security shall include:

the preliminary consideration of a decree of the President of the Russian Federation imposing martial law;

the preliminary consideration of a decree of the President of the Russian Federation imposing a state of emergency;

the preliminary consideration of the possible use of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation outside the territory of the Russian Federation;

the preliminary consideration of internal and external security issues of the Russian Federation;

military construction;

funding for the military organization of the state and its components, Defense of the country, and state security;

international military and military-technical cooperation;

ensuring interaction with the Collective Security Treaty Organization;

the status of servicemen, law enforcement officers, and other special services as well as employees of the Defense industry, customs authorities, and their families;

social support for servicemen;

military-patriotic and military-patronage activities;

issues concerning the status and protection of the state border of the Russian Federation, the air space of the Russian Federation, and the national interests of the Russian Federation in the territorial sea, on the continental shelf, in the exclusive economic zone of the Russian Federation, and in the World Ocean;

issues concerning the combating of organized crime, terrorism, and illicit trafficking in arms and drugs;

transport security, including road safety;

fire safety;

civil and territorial Defense, the prevention of emergency situations, and the elimination of their consequences;

military service, law enforcement service, and service in the customs authorities;

combatting illegal migration (paragraph 19 introduced by Resolution No. 47-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 1 March 2017).

(Part 5 as amended by Resolution No. 194-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 June 2012).

6. Matters falling within the jurisdiction of the Committee of the Federation Council on Foreign Affairs shall include:

legislative support for the foreign policy of the Russian Federation and the fulfilment of its international obligations;

the ratification and denunciation of international treaties of the Russian Federation;

the preliminary consideration of granting consent to use the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation outside the territory of the Russian Federation;

consultations on the appointment and recall of diplomatic representatives of the Russian Federation in foreign states and international organizations;

the promotion of interregional and cross-border cooperation between the constituent entities of the Russian Federation and municipalities;

the development of proposals for the support and protection of compatriots residing abroad and the development of ties with public organizations of compatriots;

the development of integration processes within the Commonwealth of Independent States;

the implementation of migration policy;

the development of the Federation Council’s interparliamentary cooperation with parliaments of foreign states and international parliamentary organizations;

the consideration of draft agreements on interparliamentary cooperation between the Federation Council and parliaments (chambers of parliaments) of foreign states;

the formation of delegations from the Federation Council in delegations of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation at international parliamentary organizations as well as the formation of bilateral commissions and cooperation groups;

the consideration of sending delegations from the Federation Council abroad and their powers.

7. Matters falling within the jurisdiction of the Committee of the Federation Council on the Budget and Financial Markets shall include:

budgetary policy and budgetary Rules of Procedure;

the formation and execution of the federal budget, budgetary configuration and organizing the execution of budgets, and budget classification;

the federal budget’s correlation with the budgets of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation and local budgets, financial support for the spending obligations of the budgets of the budgetary system of the Russian Federation, and the provision of inter-budgetary transfers;

a summary of the proposals of the committees of the Federation Council on draft regulatory legal acts of the Government of the Russian Federation establishing rules for the provision of inter-budgetary transfers from the federal budget to the budgets of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation whose distribution among the budgets of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation is not approved by the federal law on the federal budget, and the sending of the relevant decision to the Government of the Russian Federation;

funding for state and municipal tasks;

the procurement of goods, works, services to ensure state and municipal needs and the procurement of goods, works, and services by certain types of legal entities;

the funding and implementation of state programmes of the Russian Federation as well as federal, regional, and municipal targeted and investment programs;

state and municipal debt, the deficit of the federal budget and other budgets, and the creation of sources of their funding;

state financial control and financial monitoring;

the creation and execution of budgets of state extra-budgetary and budgetary funds;

tax policy, tax Rules of Procedure and tax administration;

the system of taxes and fees in the Russian Federation;

the ratification and denunciation of international treaties of the Russian Federation on the avoidance of double taxation;

the generation and use of oil and gas revenue, the Reserve Fund, and the National Wealth Fund;

customs Rules of Procedure;

monetary and credit policy;

accounting, auditing, and financial reporting;

the production, storage, and circulation of precious metals and precious stones;

activities of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, credit institutions, banking groups, and non-credit organizations;

the system of payments and settlements;

the securities market;

investment funds and non-government pension funds;

currency Rules of Procedure and currency control;

insurance, mortgage lending, and leasing;

the organization and activities of control and accounting bodies;

interaction with the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation;

ensuring the consideration of a report on the work of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation at a sitting of the Federation Council;

a summary of the proposals of the committees of the Federation Council on control, expert, and analytical measures for inclusion in the annual work plan of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation;

the preparation of draft resolutions of the Federation Council on instructions for the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation;

the participation of the Russian Federation in the activities of international financial institutions;

the preliminary discussion and submission to the Federation Council for consideration of nominations to be appointed as members of the National Financial Council representing the Federation Council;

the preliminary discussion and submission to the Federation Council for consideration of nominations to be appointed as Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation and Auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation.

(Part 7 as amended by Resolution No. 173-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 14 June 2017).

8. Matters falling within the jurisdiction of the Committee of the Federation Council on Economic Policy shall include:

issues concerning the socioeconomic development of the state for the long and short term and the foundations of state Rules of Procedure of the economy;

foreign economic activities;

industrial policy;

investment policy;

issues concerning comprehensive transport improvements taking into account the economic development of the state as a whole;

issues concerning the development of promising areas of means of communications and modern postal communications;

implementing policy in the development of the country’s power industry and identifying ways to comprehensively develop the oil and gas industry and other fuel resources;

trade activities;

issues concerning the geological exploration and use of mineral resources, accounting of subsoil plots, and the reproduction of the mineral and raw materials base of the Russian Federation, including the continental shelf and the exclusive economic zone of the Russian Federation;

issues concerning industrial safety;

antimonopoly Rules of Procedure;

the activities of economic entities;

entrepreneurial activities;

corporate governance;

the development of small- and medium-sized business;

free economic zones and special economic zones;

Rules of Procedure of bankruptcy procedures;

the economic justification of budgetary policy;

pricing and tariff policy;

the Rules of Procedure of appraisal activities;

licensing and compulsory insurance;

the Rules of Procedure and protection of property and property rights in the production, distribution, and sale of goods and services;

the privatization of state and municipal property;

advertising;

trade secrets;

(paragraph deleted as per Resolution No. 263-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 10 July 2019);

the protection of domestic producers of goods and services;

infrastructure complexes;

technical regulations, standardization, and certification;

production sharing agreements;

self-regulatory organizations of business entities;

the stimulation of the economic activities of business entities through customs Rules of Procedure methods and issues concerning the Customs Union and the rules of the World Trade Organization.

(Part 8 as amended by Resolution No. 271 -SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 19 July 2017).

9. Matters falling within the jurisdiction of the Committee of the Federation Council on Agriculture and Food Policy and Environmental Management shall include:

state agrarian and food policy;

agro-industrial production, the food and processing industries, agrarian markets, and food safety;

technical regulations, the quality and certification of agricultural and food products, and the Rules of Procedure of the production of ethyl alcohol, alcohol, and alcohol-containing products;

the social development of rural areas;

state policy in matters concerning natural resources and environmental protection;

the possession, use, and management of land and other natural resources of the Russian Federation, including the continental shelf and the exclusive economic zone of the Russian Federation;

the study, conservation, reproduction, and sustainable use of natural resources and issues concerning comprehensive nature management;

delimitation of the jurisdiction and powers of the Russian Federation and the constituent entities of the Russian Federation on environmental management, environmental protection, and ecology;

land legislation, land development, land use, the management of land resources, land protection, soil fertility, land assessment, and land monitoring;

forestry, forest development, management in the use and protection of forest resources, and forest inventory;

water services and the management of water resources and water bodies;

state policy in matters concerning subsoil protection, the supervision of the sustainable use and protection of subsurface resources, and monitoring of the condition of subsurface resources as part of state environmental monitoring;

environmental protection and ensuring environmental safety, including in the use of subsoil resources;

specially protected natural territories;

the fisheries industry;

flora and fauna resources;

hunting and the hunting industry;

state management in matters concerning the handling of production and consumption waste, including nuclear waste;

state policy in matters concerning the study, development, and use of the natural resources of the World Ocean, the Arctic, and Antarctica in the interests of the Russian Federation;

meteorology, geodesy, and cartography.

(Part 9 as amended by Resolution No. 271 -SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 19 July 2017).

10. Matters falling within the jurisdiction of the Committee of the Federation Council on Social Policy shall include:

state social policy and social development;

state youth policy;

state policy in matters concerning physical education and sports;

the creation and execution of budgets of state extra-budgetary funds;

pension insurance and pension support for citizens;

social insurance for citizens;

labour and the employment of the population, income policy, and social partnership;

the social security of citizens and social support for veterans and disabled people, including adaptation and rehabilitation;

social services for certain categories of citizens;

state support for citizens in difficult life situations;

state demographic policy and support for families, motherhood, fatherhood, and childhood;

state policy in matters concerning the health protection of citizens;

the prevention of homelessness and neglect of minors;

social aspects of migration policy;

healthcare;

health insurance;

the manufacturing, circulation, and use of drugs and medical products;

the sanitary and epidemiological welfare of the population;

health and recreation areas and health resorts;

state support for the activities of children’s, youth, and student associations as well as public youth associations;

state support for citizens from among young people in difficult life situations;

support for talented youth and career guidance for young people;

the promotion of the activities of the Chamber of Young Legislators under the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (as amended by Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014);

the state policy in tourism, creating the legal foundations for the unified tourism market of the Russian Federation, and identifying priority areas for the development of tourism in the Russian Federation;

international cooperation in tourism;

the development of physical education and sports, including grassroots sports and high performance sports;

state support for physical education and sports organizations;

international cooperation in sports and the development of the Olympic movement;

preventing and combatting doping in sports.

11. Matters falling within the jurisdiction of the Committee of the Federation Council on Science, Education, and Culture shall include (as amended by Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014):

state policy in scientific, technical scientific, and innovative activities;

the Rules of Procedure of the activities of state academies of sciences, federal scientific research centres, state scientific centres, science cities, state and non-profit funds for the support of scientific, technical scientific, and innovative activities;

state policy in the legal protection of intellectual property and the use of intellectual property rights;

the development of science-intensive technologies by scientific and educational institutions of all forms of ownership;

state policy in education;

the state Rules of Procedure of activities in general and professional education;

the state Rules of Procedure of activities in continuing and additional education;

the state Rules of Procedure of activities in training, retraining, and advanced training;

the state support of students, educators, science, and culture;

state policy in matters concerning culture;

the preservation of the cultural heritage of the peoples of the Russian Federation as well as historical and cultural landscapes and monuments;

the protection of cultural heritage sites of the peoples of the Russian Federation;

the protection of copyright and related rights;

the movement of cultural valuables;

the activities of cultural and art institutions;

the preservation and development of the Russian language and the languages of the peoples of the Russian Federation;

(paragraphs 18–20 excluded in accordance with Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014);

archival affairs;

librarianship;

participation in the development of a national action plan for the protection of children and legislative support for its implementation;

the upbringing, guardianship, and custody of minors;

legislative support and monitoring of the implementation by the Russian Federation of the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the international treaties of the Russian Federation on improving the situation of children and protecting their rights, and interaction in this area with international organizations and bodies;

(paragraph 28 excluded in accordance with Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014).

(Part 11 as amended by Resolution No. 38-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 22 February 2012).

12. Matters falling within the jurisdiction of the Committee of the Federation Council on House Rules and Parliamentary Governance shall include:

the House Rules of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and the procedure for the work and organization of the activities of the Federation Council;

the procedure for the formation of the Federation Council;

the status of a member of the Federation Council;

the use of the institution of immunity with respect to members of the Federation Council;

legislative support for parliamentary control;

the foundations of state control (oversight) and municipal control;

the foundations of public control;

consumer rights protection;

the development of civil society;

the interaction of citizens, the public, and the state;

the procedure for the consideration of citizens’ appeals;

monitoring compliance with the procedure for initiating a parliamentary inquiry of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation;

parliamentary ethics;

interaction with the bodies of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation and local government bodies on the implementation of the Federal Law “On the Procedure for the Formation of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation”;

analysis of documents received by the Federation Council conferring powers on members of the Federation Council for their compliance with the provisions of the Federal Law “On the Procedure for the Formation of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation” and providing notification about the results of the analysis to the Speaker of the Federation Council;

monitoring information about the conferral of powers on members of the Federation Council and the early termination of the powers of members of the Federation Council posted on the official Internet websites of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation;

ensuring the Federation Council’s interaction with the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation and the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation;

the preliminary discussion and submission to the Federation Council for consideration of issues concerning the appointment and dismissal of members of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation from the Federation Council;

the preliminary consideration of nominations for appointment as plenipotentiary representatives of the Federation Council;

the preliminary consideration of nominations for appointment as representatives of the Federation Council in the activities of the supervisory boards of organizations established by the Russian Federation based on federal laws as well as other bodies, and organizations;

monitoring the implementation of decisions of the Federation Council and instructions of the Federation Council, decisions of the Council of the Chamber (as amended by Resolution No. 405-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 25 September 2019);

compiling schedules of sittings of the Federation Council for the spring and autumn sessions;

the preliminary consideration of the draft action plan of the Federation Council for the spring (autumn) session;

the preliminary consideration of issues concerning the conferral of awards of the Federation Council and recommendations for the conferral of state awards as well as the preliminary consideration and coordination with the Speaker of the Federation Council of issues concerning the conferral of awards from the state authorities for members of the Federation Council;

the preliminary consideration of issues concerning the formation of and changes to the members of committees of the Federation Council;

the preparation of information for the Speaker of the Federation Council on attendance of sittings by members of the Federation Council during a session of the Federation Council;

monitoring compliance with legal acts to support the activities of the Federation Council;

the harmonization of financial, logistical, and other standards for the activities of members of the Federation Council;

the approval of the budget estimates of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation approved by the Secretary General of the Federation Council, changes to the budget estimates of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, and the report on the implementation of the budget estimates the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation;

the submission to the Council of the Chamber for endorsement of the rules for the provision of inter-budgetary transfers from the federal budget to the budgets of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation for the reimbursement of expenses associated with material support for the activities of members of the Federation Council and their aides in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation;

the submission to the Council of the Chamber for endorsement of the rules for granting subsidies from the federal budget for state support to the mass media outlets established by the Federation Council;

the submission to the Council of the Chamber for approval of cost estimates for the reception of delegations and the cost estimates for the preparation and holding of events in the Federation Council.

(Part 12 as amended by Resolution No. 263-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 10 July 2019). ated 25 September 2019);.

(Article 30 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 31. Procedure for convening sittings of a committee of the Federation Council
(name of Article 31 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011)

1. Sittings of a committee of the Federation Council shall be held at least twice a month in accordance with the schedule approved by the committee (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

2. (Part 2 excluded, Part 3 regarded as Part 2 in accordance with Resolution No. 25-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 12 February 2003).

3. As a rule, the committee chair of the Federation Council shall provide notification no less than 72 hours in advance about a sitting of the committee to the members of the Committee, the Speaker of the Federation Council, the relevant committees, commissions of the State Duma, the plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council, the plenipotentiary representative of the Government of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council, the relevant federal executive bodies, the council of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation as well as the holders of the right to legislative initiative whose bills are subject to review. The information resources of the Federation Council shall be used to notify other members of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolutions No. 85-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 March 2006 and No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 32. Procedure for holding a sitting of the committee of the Federation Council
(name of Article 32 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011)

1. Committees of the Federation Council shall carry out their activities based on the principles of transparency and the free discussion of issues (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

2. As a rule, sittings of a committee of the Federation Council shall be held in an open manner. A committee of the Federation Council may decide to hold a closed sitting based on a proposal from the committee members as well as in cases envisaged by federal constitutional laws and federal laws (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

3. The state flag of the Russian Federation and the coat of arms of the Russian Federation shall be placed in the room where a sitting of a committee of the Federation Council is held (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

4. A sitting of a committee of the Federation Council shall be duly constituted if it is attended by more than half of the total number of committee members (as amended by Resolutions No. 443-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 25 November 2011 and No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011).

41. (Part 41 excluded in accordance with Resolution No. 556-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 15 December 2010).

5. A sitting of a committee of the Federation Council shall be chaired by the chairperson, first deputy chairperson, or deputy committee chair. The chair shall ensure the procedure for holding a sitting of the committee, yield the floor in accordance with the agenda of the sitting, and sign the minutes of the sitting (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

6. Open and closed sittings of a committee or subcommittee of the Federation Council may be attended by members of the Federation Council who are not members of this committee or subcommittee with the right to a deliberative vote (as amended by Resolution No. 443-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 25 November 2011).

7. Open and closed sittings of a committee of the Federation Council may be attended by the President of the Russian Federation, the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, deputies of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (hereinafter referred to as State Duma deputies), members of the Government of the Russian Federation, state secretaries and deputy (first deputy) heads of federal executive bodies, the President of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, the Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation, the Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation , Auditors of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation, the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation, the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, the Chairperson of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairpersons of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation and other employees of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation based on their instructions, the Chairperson of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, the plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council, the plenipotentiary representative of the Government of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council, and the senior officials of legislative (representative) bodies of the Russian Federation. In cases stipulated by Part 6, Article 4 of these Rules of Procedure, aides to members of the Federation Council who work in the Federation Council may attend open sittings of a committee of the Federation Council.

Sittings of a committee of the Federation Council may be attended by members of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation authorized by the Council of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation in compliance with the requirements envisaged by the legislation of the Russian Federation on state secrets. When considering a draft law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation, federal constitutional law, or federal law that was the subject of public expert examination, members of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation authorized by the Council of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation shall be given the floor to speak.

(Part 7 as amended by Resolutions No. 149-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 April 2009, No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011, and No. 127-SF dated 16 April 2014).

71. The procedure for ensuring closed sittings of a committee of the Federation Council shall be approved by the Speaker of the Federation Council.

(Part 71 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 85-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 March 2006; as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

8. Representatives of the media may be invited to attend open sittings of a committee of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

9. Representatives of state bodies, local government bodies, public associations, and experts may participate in a sitting of a committee of the Federation Council with the consent of the committee chair (as amended by Resolutions No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011 and No. 127-SF dated 16 April 2014). 

10. A sitting of a committee of the Federation Council shall be attended by employees of the Legal Department of the Executive Office of the Federation Council who shall give explanations of a legal nature on the issues being considered at the committee sitting at the request of committee members. If necessary, employees of other structural units of the Executive Office of the Federation Council shall be involved in the sitting of the committee of the chamber.

(Part 10 as amended by Resolutions No. 308-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 6 October 2006 and No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011).

11. The decisions of a committee of the Federation Council on procedural matters shall be adopted by a majority vote of the total number of committee members present at the sitting. For all other issues, decisions of a committee of the Federation Council shall be adopted by a majority vote of the total number of committee members unless otherwise stipulated in these Rules of Procedure.

(Part 11 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

12. Committees of the Federation Council may hold joint sittings to discuss certain issues. The decisions made at a joint sitting shall be adopted by each committee of the Federation Council by a majority vote of the total number of committee members.

(Part 12 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014).

 

Article 33. Parliamentary hearings, roundtables, conferences, seminars, and other events held by a committee of the Federation Council

In accordance with these Rules of Procedure, a committee of the Federation Council shall organize parliamentary hearings, roundtables, conferences, seminars, and other events on matters falling within its jurisdiction to which members of the Federation Council, State Duma deputies, and representatives of the state authorities, local government bodies, public associations, scientific institutions, the mass media, experts, and other individuals may be invited.

(Article 33 as amended by Resolutions No. 85-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 March 2006 and No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 331. Offsite sittings, parliamentary hearings, roundtables, conferences, seminars, and other events held by a committee of the Federation Council
(name of Article 331 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011)

1. A committee of the Federation Council may conduct offsite sittings, parliamentary hearings, roundtables, conferences, seminars, and other events in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation (hereinafter referred to as offsite events). The location of an offsite event shall be determined in consultation with the Council of the Chamber by the relevant committee of the Federation Council.

An event that is held by a committee of the Federation Council in Moscow outside the building of the Federation Council and envisages expenses in accordance with its cost estimate from the budget estimate of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation shall constitute an offsite event (paragraph 2 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 556-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 15 December 2010).

2. A committee of the Federation Council may hold no more than two offsite events over the course of a year. In exceptional cases, in coordination with the Speaker of the Federation Council, a committee of the Federation Council may conduct one additional offsite event.

(Part 2 as amended by Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014).

(Article 331 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 25-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 12 February 2003; as amended by Resolutions No. 85-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 March 2006 and No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 34. Reports of the committees of the Federation Council

Committees of the Federation Council shall submit reports to the Federation Council on their annual work. A speech by a representative of a committee of the Federation Council presenting a report on a committee’s annual work must not exceed five minutes (as amended by Resolution No. 47-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 1 March 2017).

(Article 34 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

 

Chapter 41
COORDINATION MEETING OF THE SPEAKER OF THE FEDERATION COUNCIL, FIRST DEPUTY SPEAKER OF THE FEDERATION COUNCIL, AND DEPUTY SPEAKERS OF THE FEDERATION COUNCIL WITH THE CHAIRS OF COMMITTEES OF THE FEDERATION COUNCIL

(Chapter 41 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 85-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 March 2006; as amended by Resolutions No. 149-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 April 2009 and No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 341. Work procedure of the coordination meeting of the Speaker of the Federation Council, First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council, and Deputy Speakers of the Federation Council with the Chairpersons of the Committees of the Federation Council
(name of Article as amended by Resolutions No. 149-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 April 2009 and No. 38-SF dated 22 February 2012)

1. A coordination meeting of the Speaker of the Federation Council, First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council, and Deputy Speakers of the Federation Council (hereinafter referred to as a coordination sitting) shall be held to prepare and consider matters concerning the legislative activities of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolutions No. 149-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 April 2009 and No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011).

2. The participants in a coordination meeting shall include the Speaker of the Federation Council, First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council, Deputy Speakers of the Federation Council, and chairpersons of the committees of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolutions No. 149-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 April 2009 and No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011).

3. The plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council, the plenipotentiary representative of the Government of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council, and the Secretary General of the Federation Council shall take part in the coordination sitting.

4. The procedure for the consideration of federal constitutional laws and federal laws at a coordination meeting and the individuals invited to a coordination meeting shall be determined by the Speaker of the Federation Council.

Article 342. Main objectives of a coordination sitting

The main objectives of a coordination meeting shall be:

a) to organize the Federation Council’s interaction with the State Duma and holders of the right to legislative initiative on matters concerning legislative activities;

b) the preliminary discussion of the issues included in the draft agenda for the sitting of the Federation Council; 

c) the consideration of the positions of the committees of the Federation Council on federal constitutional laws and federal laws received from the State Duma, bills considered by the Council of the State Duma prior to the first reading as well as bills passed by the State Duma in the first reading and sent to the Federation Council for the preparation of comments and proposals (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

 

Chapter 5
PROCEDURE FOR HOLDING SESSIONS AND SITTINGS OF THE FEDERATION COUNCIL

 

Article 35. Place of sittings of the Federation Council

Sittings of the Federation Council shall be held in Moscow. The place of a sitting may be changed based on the decision of the Federation Council.

 

Article 36. State symbols of the Russian Federation in the Sitting Hall of the Federation Council

1. The state flag of the Russian Federation and the coat of arms of the Russian Federation shall be placed in the Sitting Hall of the Federation Council.

2. The national anthem of the Russian Federation shall be played at the opening and closing of each sitting of the Federation Council.

 

Article 37. Seating of members of the Federation Council and other individuals participating in a sitting of the chamber in the Sitting Hall of the Federation Council

1. A permanent seat in the Sitting Hall of the Federation Council equipped with the necessary electronic and technical means required for work shall be reserved for each member of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolutions No. 152-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004 and No. 356-SF dated 9 July 2014).

2. Special seats in the Sitting Hall of the Federation Council equipped with means for conducting a sitting of the chamber shall be reserved for the Speaker of the Federation Council, First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council, and Deputy Speakers of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolutions No. 152-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004 and No. 149-SF dated 29 April 2009).

3. Seats shall be reserved in the Sitting Hall of the Federation Council for the President of the Russian Federation, the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, State Duma deputies, members of the Government of the Russian Federation, the President of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, the Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation, the Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation , auditors of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation, the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation, the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, the Chairperson of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, the plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council, the plenipotentiary representative of the Government of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council, the Presidential Commissioner for Children’s Rights, the Honorary Speaker of the Federation Council, the Speaker of the Federation Council of the first convocation, and the Secretary General of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolutions No. 556-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 15 December 2010 and No. 127-SF dated 16 April 2014).

 

Article 38. Open and closed sittings of the Federation Council

1. Sittings of the Federation Council shall be held in an open manner, on a transparent basis, and be covered by the media.

2. The Federation Council may decide to hold a closed sitting if the proposal is made by the President of the Russian Federation or the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation presiding over the sitting of the chamber, a committee of the Federation Council, or a group of at least 25 members of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

3. The decision to hold a closed sitting of the chamber shall be adopted by a majority vote of the total number of members of the Federation Council who took part in voting, but no less than one quarter of the total number of members of the Federation Council. The contents of a closed sitting of the Federation Council as well as information constituting a state or other secret protected by law may be used by members of the Federation Council solely for their activities in the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 73-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 2 March 2007).

4. If a decision is made to hold a closed sitting of the chamber, the chair shall declare an additional break of 30 minutes.

5. Open and closed sittings of the Federation Council may be attended by the President of the Russian Federation, the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, the Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (hereinafter referred to as the Chairman of the State Duma), members of the Government of the Russian Federation, the President of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, the Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation, the Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation , the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation, the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, the Chairperson of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, the plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council, the plenipotentiary representative of the Government of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council, the plenipotentiary representative of the State Duma in the Federation Council, and the Presidential Commissioner for Children’s Rights (as amended by Resolutions No. 79-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 March 2003, No. 556-SF dated 15 December 2010, and No. 127-SF dated 16 April 2014).

6. Open and closed sittings of the Federation Council may be attended by State Duma deputies, judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, judges of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, auditors of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation, the Chairperson of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, the Deputy Chairpersons of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, and other employees of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation based on their instructions as well as the senior officials of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation.

(Part 6 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 79-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 March 2003; as amended by Resolutions No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011, No. 38-SF dated 22 February 2012, and No. 127-SF dated 16 April 2014).

61. A sitting of the Federation Council may be attended by the Secretary of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, the Deputy Secretary of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, and members of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation authorized by the Council of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, subject to the requirements envisaged by the legislation of the Russian Federation on state secrets.

(Part 61introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 85-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 March 2006; as amended by Resolution No. 38-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 22 February 2012).

7. Based on the decision of the Federation Council, representatives of the state authorities, local government bodies, public associations, scientific institutions, independent experts, scientists, and other specialists may be invited to attend sessions of the Chamber to provide the necessary information and conclusions on matters considered by the Federation Council.

8. Representatives of the mass media may attend public sittings of the chamber, provided they are accredited in the Federation Council.

9. Other individuals who are not members of the Federation Council may attend sittings of the chamber only upon receiving a special invitation issued with the signature of the Secretary General of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 149-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 April 2009)

10. The use of telephone and radio communication equipment shall be prohibited at sittings of the Federation Council, except for their use to ensure the holding of sittings (as amended by Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014).

11. The use of photo, film, and video equipment, telephone and radio communication equipment as well as sound recording and information processing equipment shall be prohibited at a closed sitting of the chamber.

12. A closed sitting of the Federation Council may be attended by employees of the Executive Office of the Federation Council in accordance with the list approved by the Secretary General of the Federation Council.

(Part 12 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 25-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 12 February 2003; as amended by Resolution No. 149-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 April 2009).

13. The chair at a closed sitting of the chamber shall inform the members of the Federation Council and other individuals present at the sitting about the rules for holding a closed sitting and the prohibition of the dissemination of information constituting a state or other secret protected by law.

14. The procedure for holding open and closed sittings of the Federation Council shall be approved by the Speaker of the Federation Council.

(Part 14 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 85-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 March 2006).

 

Article 39. Procedure for individuals who are not members of the Federation Council to participate in a sitting of the Federation Council

1. Individuals who are not members of the Federation Council and who participate in a sitting of the Federation Council may participate in debates, make suggestions, proposals, and changes to the substance of the issues being discussed, ask questions, and provide background information in accordance with Article 52 of these Rules of Procedure.

2. Individuals present at a sitting of the Federation Council may be given the floor to speak based on the decision of the Federation Council.

 

Article 40. Minutes and transcript of a sitting of the Federation Council

1. Minutes and a transcript shall be kept at a sitting of the Federation Council. The minutes of the sitting of the Federation Council shall be signed by the chair of the sitting (as amended by Resolution No. 25-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 12 February 2003).

2. The transcript of an open sitting of the Federation Council shall be published in the Bulletin of Sittings of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and the Verbatim Record of sittings of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (as amended by Resolution No. 25-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 12 February 2003).

3. Members of the Federation Council may review the transcript of their speech before it is published.

4. The transcript of a closed sitting of the chamber shall be stored with the appropriate structural unit of the Executive Office of the Federation Council as a secret document.

 

Article 41. Sessions of the Federation Council. Dates and times of sittings of the Federation Council

1. As a rule, the Federation Council shall assemble for a session:
for the spring session – from 25 January to 15 July;

for the autumn session – from 16 September to 31 December.

2. A session of the Federation Council shall include sittings of the chamber, sittings of the Council of the Chamber, sittings of committees of the Federation Council, parliamentary hearings, Days of the Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, and work by members of the Federation Council in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

3. Sittings of the Federation Council shall be held as required, but at least twice a month.

4. A sitting of the Federation Council shall be held on the same day or over the course of several days in a row. Each day of the sitting of the Federation Council shall consist of morning and evening sittings. The morning sitting shall run from 10:00 to 14:00 with a 30-minute break, and the evening sitting shall run from 16:00 to 18:00.

5. The time of the sitting may be changed based on the decision of the Federation Council.

6. (Part 6 excluded in accordance with Resolution No. 47-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 1 March 2017).

 

Article 42. Procedure for preparing the draft agenda of a regular sitting of the Federation Council

1. The draft agenda of a regular sitting of the Federation Council shall consist of a list of issues to be considered at the sitting of the chamber, indicating the sequence of their consideration, the body of the Federation Council and the official responsible for considering each issue, the speakers (co-speakers) on each issue as well as other information established by the Council of the Chamber.

The draft agenda of a regular sitting of the Federation Council may indicate a fixed time for the consideration of a matter at a sitting of the Federation Council.

(Part 1 as amended by Resolutions No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011 and No. 421-SF dated 30 October 2013).

2. The draft agenda of a regular sitting of the Federation Council shall be compiled by the Speaker of the Federation Council.

3. The draft agenda of a regular sitting of the Federation Council shall include the following issues to be included in the agenda of the Federation Council sitting as a priority matter without discussion or a vote:

a) a discussion of the messages and addresses of the President of the Russian Federation;

b) issues falling within the jurisdiction of the Federation Council in accordance with Part 1, Article 102 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation (as amended by Resolution No. 79-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 March 2003);

c) an appeal to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation with a request to observe the established procedure for accusing the President of the Russian Federation of treason or committing another serious crime;

d) the dismissal of the Speaker of the Federation Council, First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council, or a Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolutions No. 152-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004 and No. 149-SF dated 29 April 2009);

e) draft laws of the Russian Federation on amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation approved by the State Duma;

f) federal constitutional laws approved by the State Duma;

g) federal laws adopted by the State Duma that are subject to mandatory consideration in the Federation Council in accordance with Article 106 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011);

h) on the re-consideration in accordance with Part 3, Article 107 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation of federal laws rejected by the President of the Russian Federation and approved by the State Duma during re-consideration in their previously adopted wording;

i) on the results of the consideration of the laws of the Russian Federation on amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation by legislative (representative) bodies of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation;

j) on the replies of members of the Government of the Russian Federation and other officials to questions posed by members of the Federation Council (“Government Hour”).

4. In addition to the issues specified in Part 3 of this article, the following issues must be included in the draft agenda of a regular sitting of the Federation Council:

(clause а is excluded, clauses b-k shall be regarded as clauses a-j, respectively, in accordance with Resolution No. 79-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 March 2003;)

a) on proposals to revise the provisions of Chapters 1, 2, and 9 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation;

а1) on federal laws adopted by the State Duma that are not subject to mandatory consideration by the Federation Council unless the fourteen-day period envisaged by the Constitution of the Russian Federation has expired (clause а1 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 194-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 June 2012);

b) on sending appeals to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, except for the appeal specified in clause c, Part 3 of this article;

c) on the legislative initiative of the Federation Council;

d) on instructions for the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation;

e) on the invitation of members of the Government of the Russian Federation and other officials to a sitting of the chamber to answer questions from members of the Federation Council;

f) on amendments and additions to these Rules of Procedure associated with the procedure for the consideration of the issues specified in Part 3 of this article;

g) on the formation of committees of the Federation Council, the establishment of interim commissions of the Federation Council, and changes to their members (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011);

h) issues prepared in accordance with the instructions of the Federation Council or the Council of the Chamber (as amended by Resolution No. 194-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 June 2012);

i) issues included in the agenda of the previous sitting of the Federation Council whose consideration was not initiated or completed at the previous sitting;

j) other issues envisaged by these Rules of Procedure.

5. The agenda of a regular sitting of the Federation Council may include issues associated with organizing the internal activities of the chamber as well as issues proposed for consideration at the initiative of members of the Federation Council that are not associated with those specified in Parts 3 and 4 of this article.

6. The issues specified in this Article shall be included in the draft agenda of a regular sitting of the Federation Council when presenting a draft act proposed for adoption by the Federation Council in accordance with these Rules of Procedure.

7. As a rule, proposals to be included in the draft agenda of a regular sitting of the Federation Council shall be submitted to the Speaker of the Federation Council no later than 24 hours prior to the sitting of the Council of the Chamber, except issues for which the Constitution of the Russian Federation, federal constitutional laws, and federal laws set a different period for submission to the Federation Council.

8. The draft agenda of a result sitting of the chamber prepared by the Speaker of the Federation Council shall be sent to members of the Federation Council. After this, the draft agenda of the regular sitting of the Federation Council shall be submitted by the Speaker of the Federation Council to the Council of the Chamber for consideration.

9. The Speaker of the Federation Council may include additional issues in the draft agenda of the sitting of the Federation Council considered by the Council of the Chamber.

 

Article 421. “Expert time”

1. The Federation Council may invite prominent state, political, public, scientific, cultural, and art figures to a sitting of the chamber to speak about topical issues (“expert time”). A speech must not exceed 30 minutes.

2. Candidates for speakers and the topics of their speeches shall be proposed to the Speaker of the Federation Council by the bodies of the Federation Council and considered by the Council of the Chamber.

3. The Council of the Chamber shall approve the schedule for “expert time” for the spring (autumn) session and determine the committee responsible for preparing and holding the sitting of the Federation Council.

(Article 421 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 279-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 June 2015; as amended by Resolution No. 389-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 21 October 2015).

 

Article 43. Extraordinary sitting of the Federation Council

1. An extraordinary sitting of the Federation Council may be convened based on a proposal from the President of the Russian Federation or the Speaker of the Federation Council, the Council of the Chamber, or a committee of the Federation Council on matters falling within its jurisdiction, or based on a proposal from at least one-third of the total number of members of the Federation Council. The proposal of a committee of the Federation Council must be supported by at least one-fifth of the total members of the Federation Council.

(Part 1 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

2. The initiators of a proposal to convene an extraordinary sitting of the Federation Council must submit the following materials to the Federation Council:

a justification of the need to convene an extraordinary sitting of the chamber;

the draft agenda of the extraordinary sitting of the chamber;

the draft acts of the Federation Council cited in Article 68 of these Rules of Procedure;

explanatory notes to the draft acts of the Federation Council;

lists of the proposed speakers and invitees.

3. The materials submitted by the initiators of the proposal to convene an extraordinary sitting of the Federation Council shall be sent by the Speaker of the Federation Council to the relevant committees of the Federation Council in order to prepare a conclusion. The committees of the Federation Council must give opinions on the submitted materials no later than 24 hours prior to the start of the extraordinary sitting of the Federation Council. The absence of a conclusion from the relevant committee of the Federation Council shall not be an obstacle to holding an extraordinary sitting of the chamber.

(Part 3 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

4. The Speaker of the Federation Council shall coordinate the date and procedure for holding an extraordinary sitting of the chamber with the Council of the Chamber.

 

Article 44. Registration of members of the Federation Council for a sitting of the chamber. Legitimacy of a sitting of the Federation Council

1. A sitting of the Federation Council shall begin with the registration of the names of the members of the Federation Council.

2. The members of the Federation Council present at the sitting of the chamber shall be registered before the start of each morning and evening sitting and also before the start of a closed sitting of the chamber. Additional registration may take place prior to voting based on a decision by the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 25-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 12 February 2003).

3. A sitting of the Federation Council shall be considered legitimate if it is attended by more than half of the total number of members of the Federation Council.

 

Article 45. Provision of materials to members of the Federation Council on matters submitted to the chamber for consideration

1. Members of the Federation Council shall be notified in due time about matters submitted to the Chamber for consideration.

2. Drafts acts of the Federation Council and other materials on the matters listed in Parts 3 and 4, Article 42 of these Rules of Procedure shall be provided to members of the Federation Council no later than 24 hours prior to the start of a sitting of the Federation Council.

3. Draft acts of the Federation Council and other materials on the approval of a decree of the President of the Russian Federation imposing martial law or a state of emergency and on the decision to use Armed Forces of the Russian Federation outside the territory of the Russian Federation shall be provided to members of the Federation Council prior to the start of a sitting of the Federation Council.

4. As a rule, draft acts of the Federation Council on other agenda items of a chamber sitting shall be provided to members of the Federation Council no later than 24 hours prior to the start of a sitting of the Federation Council.

5. The procedure for providing the members of the Federation Council with draft acts of the Federation Council and other materials on matters submitted to the chamber for consideration shall be determined by the instructions on document management in the Federation Council.

(Part 5 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 260-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 6 July 2007).

 

Article 46. Matters subject to priority consideration at a sitting of the Federation Council

The issues specified by this Article shall be subject to priority review at a sitting of the Federation Council in the following sequence:

a) messages and addresses of the President of the Russian Federation;

b) draft acts of the Federation Council on issues falling within the jurisdiction of the Federation Council in accordance with Part 1, Article 102 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation;

c) draft laws of the Russian Federation on amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation approved by the State Duma; federal constitutional laws approved by the State Duma; federal laws adopted by the State Duma that are subject to mandatory review by the Federation Council in accordance with Article 106 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation;

d) proposals on the revision of the provisions of Chapters 1, 2, and 9 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation;

e) proposals on sending requests from the Federation Council to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation.

 

Article 47. Chair of a sitting of the Federation Council

1. A sitting of the Federation Council shall be run by a chair who may be the Speaker of the Federation Council, the First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council, one of the Deputy Speakers of the Federation Council, or the oldest member of the Federation Council from among the members of the Federation Council present at the sitting.

2. At a sitting of the Federation Council, the chair shall:

a) announce the opening and closing of the sitting;

а1) have the right to declare a moment of silence (clause а1 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 279-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 June 2015);

b) manage the sitting of the chamber;

c) ensure compliance with the provisions of these Rules of Procedure;

d) yield the floor for a speech based on the priority order in which registered applications are received in accordance with the agenda of the sitting of the Federation Council, the provisions of these Rules of Procedure, or in a different order established by decisions of the Federation Council;

e) have the right to warn speakers if they deviate from the topic of the matter under consideration and deny the right to speak in the event of repeated violation;

f) yield the floor on a point of order;

g) hold a vote on draft acts of the Federation Council and other issues in accordance with the agenda of the sitting of the Federation Council;

h) announce the proposals of members of the Federation Council on issues discussed at the sitting and declare the sequence for holding a vote on them;

i) organize voting and the counting of votes and announce the results of voting;

j) answer questions addressed to him/her and provide background information;

k) ensure order in the Sitting Hall of the Federation Council and may expel individuals invitees who interfere with the work of the Federation Council from the Sitting Hall of the Federation Council;

l) ensure the fulfilment of organizational decisions of the Federation Council;

m) sign the minutes of the sitting;

n) have the right to warn a member of the Federation Council about a violation of the provisions of these Rules of Procedure as well as correct factual errors made in speeches.

3. If the chair deems it necessary to take part in the discussion of any issue, after being yielded the floor, he/she shall transfer the functions of the chair to another chair until a decision is adopted on the issue under discussion.

4. The chair may take the floor out of turn to congratulate members of the Federation Council, present them with certificates of honour of Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, present honorary emblems of the Federation Council, and perform other ceremonial actions. In this case, changes shall not have to be made to the agenda of the chamber sitting.

5. If the chair violates the provisions of Parts 2–4 of this Article as confirmed by the relevant decision of the chamber, the Federation Council may transfer the functions of the chair to another chair until the consideration of the issue under discussion is resolved by adopting the appropriate decision by a majority vote of the number of members of the Federation Council who took part in the voting, but no less than one quarter of the total number of members of the Federation Council. A request by a member of the Federation Council for the chamber to confirm a violation of the provisions of Parts 2–4 of this Article by the chair shall be put to the vote without a discussion immediately once it is received.

(Article 47 as amended by Resolution No. 502-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 October 2014).

 

Article 48. Language of a sitting of the Federation Council

Sittings of the Federation Council shall be conducted in Russian. A member of the Federation Council who wishes to speak in a different language of the peoples of the Russian Federation shall notify the Speaker of the Federation Council about this no less than 24 hours in advance. Such a speech shall be accompanied by a translation into Russian.

 

Article 481. Speeches at a sitting of the Federation Council by members of the Federation Council on important socioeconomic, political, and other issues

After a sitting of the Federation Council has been opened, members of the Federation Council shall be given the floor to speak about important socioeconomic, political, and other issues for up to three minutes. The total duration of the speeches may not exceed 30 minutes.

(Article 481 introduced by Resolution No. 95-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 March 2013).

 

Article 49. Submission by the chair of a draft agenda of a sitting of the Federation Council

The chair of a sitting of the Federation Council shall provide the Federation Council with a draft agenda for a sitting of the chamber considered by the Council of the Chamber and put it to a vote to be adopted as the basis for the sitting.

 

Article 50. Changes and additions to the draft agenda of a sitting of the Federation Council

1. Changes and additions may be made to a draft agenda taken as the foundation of a sitting of the Federation Council. Changes and additions may also be made to the sequence for the consideration of agenda items.

2. Changes and additions shall be included in the list of issues that are to be considered at a sitting of the Federation Council (hereinafter referred to as the list of issues) as a matter of priority. The issue of a federal law that is not subject to mandatory consideration in the Federation Council may be excluded from the draft agenda based on a proposal from the committee of the Federation Council that is responsible for its consideration if none of the members of the Federation Council present at the sitting insists on the need for its consideration. After changes and additions are made to the list of issues, the chair shall put the approval of the list to a vote. The list of issues approved by the Federation Council may not be amended, except for cases established by these Rules of Procedure. After the approval of the list of issues, amendments and additions may be made to the order (sequence) of consideration of the issues on the agenda of the sitting of the Federation Council.

(Part 2 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

3. Proposals on changes and additions to a draft agenda taken as the foundation of a sitting of the Federation Council shall be submitted by a committee of the Federation Council or a member of the Federation Council in the event that the initiator of the proposal submits a draft act of the Federation Council on a matter that is proposed for inclusion in the agenda of the sitting of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

4. At the chair’s initiative, the Federation Council may decide to end debates on the agenda of a sitting of the Federation Council.

5. Issues subject to mandatory consideration in the Federation Council in accordance with the Constitution of the Russian Federation, federal constitutional laws, federal laws, or these Rules of Procedure may not be excluded from the draft agenda of a sitting of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

6. The chair shall hold a vote on the proposals of a committee of the Federation Council or a member of the Federation Council on changes and additions to the draft agenda of a sitting of the Federation Council in the order they are received. If several proposals are made on the same issue of the draft agenda of a sitting of the Federation Council, the ones whose adoption or rejection will help to resolve the issue of other proposals may be discussed and voted on first based on the decision of the chamber. Prior to the vote, the initiator of the proposal shall be given the opportunity to speak about its justification (with three minutes allotted for the speech).

(Part 6 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

7. Decisions on changes and additions to the draft agenda of a sitting of the Federation Council shall be adopted by a majority vote of the total number of members of the Federation Council.

 

Article 51. Adoption of the agenda of a sitting of the Federation Council as a whole

1. After decisions are made on changes and additions to a draft agenda, it shall be put to a vote by the chair for the adoption of the agenda of a sitting of the Federation Council as a whole.

2. The decision to adopt the agenda of a sitting of the Federation Council as a whole shall be adopted by a majority vote of the total number of members of the Federation Council and documented by an excerpt from the minutes of the sitting of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 25-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 12 February 2003).

3. Changes and additions may not be made to the agenda of a sitting of the Federation Council that has been adopted as a whole, except for issues concerning the approval of a decree of the President of the Russian ­Federation imposing martial law or a state of emergency, the decision to possibly use the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation outside the territory of the Russian Federation, issues concerning federal laws adopted by the State Duma as well as issues initiated by the Speaker of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolutions No. 254-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 May 2002, No. 194-SF dated 27 June 2012, and No. 279-SF dated 24 June 2015).

4. Issues that are not included in the agenda of a sitting of the chamber may not be discussed.

5. Issues shall be withdrawn from consideration by the Federation Council at the request of the body or individual(s) that submitted these issues for consideration by the Federation Council, except those specified in Part 5, Article 50 of these Rules of Procedure.

 

Article 52. Main types and duration of speeches at a sitting of the Federation Council

1. The following main types of speeches are envisaged at sittings of the Federation Council: report; co-report; closing remarks on an issue under discussion; a speech by a candidate for an elected (appointed) position; a speech in debates; a speech on a nomination under discussion; a speech to explain a vote; a speech on a point of order; a proposal; background information; information; a statement; an appeal.

2. The duration of a report, co-report, closing remarks on an issue under discussion, or a speech by a candidate for an elected (appointed) position shall be established by the chair at the sitting of the Federation Council in agreement with the speaker, co-speaker, or candidate for the elected (appointed) position, but must not exceed: 15 minutes for a report, 10 minutes for a co-report, or 5 minutes for the closing remarks or a candidate’s speech for an elected (appointed) position.

3. Up to five minutes shall be granted to give a speech in debates, up to three minutes shall be granted to speak on the issues specified in Article 481, on a nomination under discussion, on a point of order or for a proposal, background information, information, a statement, or an appeal, and up to one minute shall be granted to explain a vote or to ask the speaker or co-speaker(s) a question (as amended by Resolutions No. 152-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004 and No. 95-SF dated 27 March 2013).

These Rules of Procedure may establish a different duration for speeches at a sitting of the Federation Council (paragraph 3 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 52-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 10 February 2016).

3. The total time for the discussion of an agenda item and the total time for questions and answers shall be set and the time for speeches may also be extended based on a proposal from the chair adopted by a majority vote of members of the Federation Council who took part in the voting, but no less than one-quarter of the total number of members of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 73-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 2 March 2007).

4. After the set time has elapsed, the speaker’s microphone shall be turned off without warning. The chair may extend the time for speaking at the request of the speaker, but not by more than one minute.

 

Article 53. Procedure for giving speeches at a sitting of the Federation Council

1. A report, co-report(s), the closing remarks of a speaker, or the closing remarks of a co-speaker(s) shall be given from the rostrum unless a different decision is adopted by the chamber. All other speeches shall be given from the rostrum, work seats, from microphones in the hall.

(Part 1 as amended by Resolution No. 502-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 October 2014).

2. Nobody may speak at a sitting of the Federation Council without the permission of the chair. The chair shall deny the floor to anyone who violates this rule without warning.

3. A speaker at a sitting of the Federation Council may not use crude or offensive language that damages the honour or dignity of citizens or officials, call for unlawful actions, utter expressions that stir up national or social discord, use knowingly inaccurate information, or make unsubstantiated accusations against anyone.

During speeches at a sitting of the Federation Council, a member of the Federation Council, a State Duma deputy, or a state civil servant shall state value indicators in roubles, except for cases established by the legislation of the Russian Federation.

In the event of a violation of these rules, a speaker may be denied the floor without warning.

(Part 3 as amended by Resolution No. 260-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 6 July 2007).

31. A member of the Committee of the Federation Council on House Rules and Parliamentary Governance may raise the issue of a speaker abusing the right to take part in a discussion of the issues on the agenda of a sitting of the Federation Council after which the chair may issue a warning to the speaker.

Each member of the Federation Council may raise the issue of a speaker repeatedly abusing the right to take part in a discussion of the issues on the agenda of a sitting of the Federation Council. In this case, the chair shall put this issue to a vote. If the repeated abuse of the right to take part in a discussion of the issues on the agenda of a sitting of the Federation Council is confirmed by a decision of the chamber adopted by a majority vote of the total number of members of the Federation Council, the speaker shall be denied the right to participate in the discussion of the issues on the agenda over the course of the entire sitting.

(Part 31 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 607-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 25 December 2015).

4. The right to speak in favour of another individual may be transferred with the consent of the chair of the sitting of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 502-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 October 2014).

5. The right to give an extraordinary speech at a sitting of the Federation Council shall be granted to the President of the Russian Federation, the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, the Speaker of the Federation Council, the Chairman of the State Duma, members of the Government of the Russian Federation, the Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation, the President of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation, the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, the plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council, and the plenipotentiary representative of the Government of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council (as amended by Resolutions No. 25-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 12 February 2003, No. 152-SF dated 26 May 2004, and No. 127-SF dated 16 April 2014).

6. (Part 6 excluded in accordance with Resolution No. 25-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 12 February 2003).

 

Article 54. Procedure for the consideration of agenda issues at a sitting of the Federation Council

The agenda issues of a sitting of the Federation Council, except issues for which these Rules of Procedure establishes a different procedure for consideration, shall be considered by the Federation Council in the following order:

report;

co-report(s);

questions to the speaker or co-speaker(s);

debate speeches;

closing remarks of a speaker;

closing remarks of a co-speaker(s);

speeches to explain a vote for the adoption of a draft act of the Federation Council as a foundation;

voting on the adoption of a draft act of the Federation Council as a foundation;

discussion of amendments to a draft act of the Federation Council and voting on them in the manner prescribed by Article 69 of these Rules of Procedure;

voting on the adoption of an act of the Federation Council as a whole.

 

Article 55. Closure of debates

1. Based on a proposal from the chair of a sitting of the Federation Council, debates may be closed on an issue under consideration once the time allocated by these Rules of Procedure expires or based on the decision of the Federation Council.

2. After the decision is made to close debates, the chair of a sitting of the Federation Council shall determine which of the individuals who registered to speak, but did not speak insists on giving a speech and yield the floor to this individual with the consent of the chamber.

3. Members of the Federation Council who did not speak due to the closure of the debates may attach the texts of their speeches to the transcript of the sitting.

4. Speakers, co-speakers, and candidates for elected (appointed) positions may give closing remarks.

 

Article 56. Speeches on a point of order of a sitting of the Federation Council

1. The chair must yield the floor to a member of the Federation Council if the latter expresses a desire to speak on a point of order of the sitting.

If a member of the Federation Council fails to speak on a point of order of the sitting of the Federation Council, the chair may issue a warning and deny the individual the right to speak in the event of a repeat violation (paragraph 2 introduced by Resolution No. 502-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 October 2014).

2. No more than two statements by members of the Federation Council on points of order of a sitting may be allowed within 30 minutes. If a third request is received on a point of order during this period, the chair shall yield the floor for a speech once these 30 minutes have elapsed or hold a vote on opening debates on a point of order of the sitting.

The decision to open debates on a point of order shall be considered adopted if the majority of the members of the Federation Council who took part in the voting, but no less than one-quarter of the total number of members of the Federation Council voted for it (as amended by Resolution No. 73-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 2 March 2007).

3. Debates on a point of order shall not last more than 30 minutes. No more than three minutes shall be allowed for each speech.

4. Upon expiration of 30 minutes from the opening of debates on the point of order of a sitting, the chair may hold a vote on continuing the debates. The decision to continue debates on a point of order of a sitting shall be considered adopted if the majority of the members of the Federation Council who took part in the voting, but no less than one-quarter of the total number of members of the Federation Council voted for it (as amended by Resolution No. 73-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 2 March 2007).

5. A follow-up speech on a point of order of a sitting shall be permitted no earlier than within 30 minutes after the closure of the previous debates on a point of order of the sitting.

6. If the provisions of these Rules of Procedure are violated at a sitting of the Federation Council, the plenipotentiary representative of the Committee of the Federation Council on House Rules and Parliamentary Governance must inform the Federation Council about this and invite the chair to rectify the violation (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 57. Instructions of the Federation Council

1. The Federation Council may give instructions to a body of the Federation Council, an official of the Federation Council, or the Executive Office of the Federation Council during a sitting based on a proposal from the chair or a member of the Federation Council.

2. As a rule, the text of the instructions shall be preliminarily agreed with the body of the Federation Council or official of the Federation Council to which the instructions are to be given and shall be presented in writing or announced by the chair or the member of the Federation Council who initiated the proposal.

3. The instructions shall be documented by an excerpt from the minutes of the sitting of the Federation Council.

4. Information about the results of the execution of the instructions of the Federation Council shall be submitted by a body of the Federation Council, an official of the Federation Council, or the Secretary General of the Federation Council to the Committee of the Federation Council on the Rules of Procedure and the Organization of Parliamentary Activities (as amended by Resolution No. 3-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 17 January 2018).

(Article 57 as amended by Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014).

 

Article 58. Time for the provision of information and background information

No more than 15 minutes shall be allocated at the end of each sitting of the chamber for the provision of information and background information. No more than three minutes shall be allocated for each speech.

(Article 58 as amended by Resolution No. 95-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 March 2013).

 

Article 59. Distribution of documents and materials in the Sitting Hall of the Federation Council

Members of the Federation Council may distribute documents and materials relevant to the issues on the agenda in the Sitting Hall of the Federation Council. Any documents and materials must be signed by the initiator(s) of their distribution and initialled by the Speaker of the Federation Council or, based on the Chairperson’s instructions, by the First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council, a Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council, or the Secretary General of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolutions No. 152-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004, No. 149-SF dated 29 April 2009, and No. 127-SF dated 16 April 2014).

 

Chapter 6
PROCEDURE FOR VOTING AND ADOPTING DECISIONS AT A SITTING OF THE FEDERATION COUNCIL

 

Article 60. Voting methods at a sitting of the Federation Council

1. The decisions of the Federation Council shall be adopted via open or secret voting (as amended by Resolution No. 348-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 8 July 2015).

2. Voting at a sitting of the Federation Council shall take place using an electronic system or ballots. Voting at a sitting of the Federation Council shall take place using an electronic system unless otherwise decided by the chamber.

3. A decision on the voting method shall be deemed adopted if more than half of the members of the Federation Council who took part in the voting, but no less than one-quarter of the total number of members of the Federation Council voted for it (as amended by Resolution No. 73-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 2 March 2007).

4. In order to conduct ballot voting, the Federation Council shall establish from among its members a Counting Commission, which shall be the working body of a sitting of the Federation Council.

 

Article 61. Types of voting at a sitting of the Federation Council

1. Quantitative voting entails choosing a response of: “for”, “against”, or “abstained”. Votes are counted and the voting results are announced in absolute and percentage terms for each vote.

2. Preferential voting entails a series of consecutive quantitative voting in which each member of the Federation Council may take part in each version of the questions. However, the voting results in absolute and percentage terms are announced for each vote only after voting has been conducted on all the versions of the questions.

Alternative voting entails voting for only one of the versions of the questions. The votes are counted and the voting results are announced in absolute and percentage terms simultaneously for all versions of the question put to a vote.

 

Article 62. Exercising the right to vote

1. A member of the Federation Council shall personally exercise the right to vote.

2. A member of the Federation Council shall have a single vote when voting on a single question.

3. A member of the Federation Council may vote for a decision, against a decision, or abstain from voting on the decision.

4. A member of the Federation Council who is absent from a sitting of the Federation Council for a good reason may express his/her position on any issue on the agenda in a statement addressed to the Speaker of the Federation Council, which shall be reflected in the transcript of the sitting of the Federation Council.

(Part 4 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014).

 

Article 63. Open voting

1. Open voting in the Federation Council shall be conducted via an electronic system unless otherwise decided by the chamber.

2. Members of the Federation Council may personally receive or register their own personal cards before starting to use the electronic system at each sitting of the Federation Council. Personal cards that are not registered at a routine sitting of the Federation Council shall be considered invalid and their use shall be blocked.

3. Before the start of open voting, the chair shall:

report the number of proposals that are to be put to a vote;

clarify their wording and the sequence in which they are to be put to a vote;

provide a reminder of what majority of votes (the total number of members of the Federation Council; the number of members of the Federation Council who participated in voting, but no less than one-quarter of the total number of members of the Federation Council; a simple or qualified majority) is required to adopt the decision (as amended by Resolution No. 73-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 2 March 2007).

4. After the chair announces the start of voting, nobody may interrupt the voting.

5. Once the votes have been counted, the chair shall announce whether a decision has been adopted or not.

6. If technical errors associated with the operation of the electronic system are confirmed during the determination of the voting results by the Electronic System Monitoring Commission or violations of these Rules of Procedure are detected, a second vote shall be held based on the decision of the chamber adopted in the manner prescribed by Part 2, Article 66 of these Rules of Procedure (as amended by Resolution No. 152-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004).

7. When open voting is conducted using the electronic system, a list of voting results shall be formed, listing the surnames, names, and patronymics of members of the Federation Council and the voting results of each member of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 348-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 8 July 2015).

 

Article 64. Secret voting

1. Secret voting shall be conducted in cases envisaged by these Rules of Procedure based on the decision of the Federation Council adopted by a majority vote of the total number of members of the Federation Council and may also be held on other matters. Secret voting shall be conducted using an electronic system or ballots.

2. Prior to and during each sitting of the Federation Council, each member of the Federation Council shall be issued one card for secret voting registered in the electronic system upon presenting an identity document of a member of the Federation Council in accordance with the list of members of the Federation Council.

21. When conducting secret voting using an electronic system, data about the voting results of members of the Federation Council shall not be recorded in memory of the electronic system.

(Part 21 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 348-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 8 July 2015).

3. Secret voting ballots shall be produced under the control of the Counting Commission according to the form proposed by the commission and approved by the decision of the Federation Council in an amount corresponding to the total number of members of the Federation Council and contain the necessary information. The ballots of the Counting Commission that go unclaimed following their issuance shall be destroyed by the chairperson of the Counting Commission in the presence of its members. The time and place of secret voting and its procedure shall be established by the Counting Commission in accordance with these Rules of Procedure and be announced by the chairperson of the Counting Commission.

4. Each member of the Federation Council shall be issued one secret voting ballot.

5. Secret voting ballots shall be issued to members of the Federation Council by the Counting Committee in accordance with the list of members of the Federation Council upon presentation of the identity documents of members of the Federation Council. Upon receiving a ballot, a member of the Federation Council shall sign the list opposite his/her surname.

6. A secret voting ballot shall be dropped into a special box sealed by the Counting Commission.

7. The Counting Commission must create conditions for members of the Federation Council to secretly express their will.

8. Ballots in an unapproved form as well as ballots for which it is impossible to determine the will of members of the Federation Council shall be considered invalid. Additions made to ballots shall not be taken into account when counting votes.

9. Based on the secret voting results, the Counting Commission shall prepare a report signed by all members of the Counting Commission. The results of the secret vote shall be announced by the Counting Commission at a sitting of the Federation Council.

10. The results of secret voting shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

 

Article 65. Roll-call voting

(Article 65 repealed in accordance with Resolution No. 348-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 8 July 2014).

 

Article 66. Voting results

1. A decision shall be considered adopted if more than half of the total number of members of the Federation Council voted for it unless otherwise stipulated by the Constitution of the Russian Federation and these Rules of Procedure.

2. During a sitting of the Federation Council, it shall be permitted to return to the issue under consideration one time. Returning to the issue under consideration means cancelling a previously adopted decision on this issue. Voting to return to the issue under consideration shall be conducted in the manner in which the cancelled decision was adopted. The results of the initial vote shall be recorded in the minutes of the sitting and not documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

3. On procedural matters, the decision shall be adopted by a majority vote of members of the Federation Council who took part in the vote, but no less than one-quarter of the total number of members of the Federation Council unless otherwise envisaged by these Rules of Procedure (as amended by Resolution No. 73-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 2 March 2007). The following issues shall be considered procedural:

on a break in a sitting of the Federation Council or the postponement or closing of a sitting of the chamber;

on the provision of additional time for speaking;

on granting an individual invited to a sitting of the chamber the right to speak;

on the postponement or termination of debates on an agenda issue of a sitting of the Federation Council;

on the overall time for the discussion of the agenda of a sitting of the Federation Council;

on the transition to the agenda issues of a sitting of the Federation Council;

on the closure of debates on an issue under discussion;

on the referral of a matter to a committee of the chamber (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011);

on holding a closed sitting of the chamber;

on the postponement of an issue that has not fully been considered until the next sitting of the Federation Council;

on the invitation to a sitting of the chamber of the individuals specified in Part 7, Article 38 of these Rules of Procedure (as amended by Resolution No. 152-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004);

on changes to the voting method;

on changes to the sequence of speeches;

on additional registration;

on the replacement of the chair;

on the preparation of an excerpt from the minutes of a sitting of the chamber.

4. A decision on a procedural matter can be adopted without a vote if none of the members of the Federation Council present at a sitting of the chamber objects to its adoption. In the event that at least one of the members of the Federation Council present at the sitting objects to the adoption of the proposed decision, the chair shall put the proposal to a vote in the manner prescribed by these Rules of Procedure.

5. The voting results on all issues shall be recorded in the minutes and included in the transcript of the sitting of the Federation Council.

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6. Voting shall be deemed valid if the number of members of the Federation Council present at a sitting of the chamber is no less than the number of members of the Federation Council required to adopt a decision.

7. If the number of members of the Federation Council present at a sitting of the Chamber is insufficient to conduct a vote, the chair may set a time within the limits of the sitting for voting on the issue whose discussion has been completed. When conducting this vote, there shall be no repeat discussion of the matter and the floor shall not be yielded for speeches to explain the vote, proposals, background information, statements, or questions.

 

Article 67. Documentation of the results of the Federation Council

1. Decisions made at sittings of the Federation Council shall be documented by resolutions of the Federation Council or excerpts from the minutes of a sitting.

2. Decisions of the Federation Council on matters placed under the jurisdiction of the Federation Council by the Constitution of the Russian Federation, federal constitutional laws, and federal laws shall be documented by resolutions of the chamber.

3. Decisions of the Federation Council on the organization of the internal activities of the chamber may be documented by resolutions of excerpts from the minutes of the sitting. The decision to document an excerpt from the minutes of a sitting shall constitute a decision on a procedural matter.

 

Article 68. Acts of the Federation Council

1. The Federation Council shall adopt resolutions on matters placed under its jurisdiction by the Constitution of the Russian Federation, federal constitutional laws, and federal laws and also on matters concerning the organization of the activities of the Federation Council.

2. The Federation Council may make statements and appeals on general political and socioeconomic issues, which shall be adopted by a majority vote of the total number of members of the Federation Council and documented by resolutions of the chamber.

(Article 68 as amended by Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014).

 

Article 681. Monitoring the execution of decisions of the Federation Council

1. A decision of the Federation Council containing proposals for bodies and officials shall indicate the committee of the Federation Council or official of the Federation Council in charge of monitoring the implementation of the decision of the Federation Council as well as the time period for the submission of information about its implementation.

2. The committee of the Federation Council and official of the Federation Council that is in charge of monitoring the implementation of the decision of the Federation Council or to which the Federation Council gave instructions shall submit information about the implementation of the decision of the Federation Council to the Committee of the Federation Council on the Rules of Procedure and the Organization of Parliamentary Activities.

3. As part of the general monitoring of the implementation of a decision of the Federation Council and upon consideration of the information specified in Part 2 of this article, the Committee of the Federation Council on the Rules of Procedure and the Organization of Parliamentary Activities shall adopt one of the following decisions:

take information under advisement and, if necessary, send it to members of the Federation Council;

postpone the deadline for the submission of information or extend the deadline for the implementation of the decision of the Federation Council;

invite the Council of the Chamber to review the implementation of the decision of the Federation Council.

4. The Committee of the Federation Council on the Rules of Procedure and the Organization of Parliamentary Activities shall send information about a decision adopted in accordance with Part 3 of this article to the First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council.

5. Upon conclusion of the spring (autumn) session, the Committee of the Federation Council on the Rules of Procedure and the Organization of Parliamentary Activities shall provide the Council of the Chamber with general information about the implementation of the Chamber’s decisions.

(Article 681 was introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 194-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 June 2012; as amended by Resolution No. 3-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 17 January 2018).

 

Article 69. Procedure for adopting acts of the Federation Council

1. The Federation Council may adopt a draft act as a whole, adopt a draft act as a foundation, reject a draft act, or postpone its discussion.

2. A draft act of the Federation Council adopted as a foundation may be amended. After the adoption of the draft act as a foundation, the chair shall ascertain whether there are members of the Federation Council who wish to make amendments after which the Federation Council shall decide on the timeframe for making amendments. Amendments shall be submitted to the committee of the Federation Council responsible for preparing for the consideration of this issue at a sitting of the chamber.

3. Amendments to a draft act of the Federation Council adopted as a foundation may be submitted by a member of the Federation Council or a committee of the Federation Council no later than the time set by the Federation Council for submitting amendments to the committee of the Federation Council responsible for preparing for the consideration of this issue at a sitting of the chamber.

The amendments signed by the author must contain the text of the draft act of the Federation Council, the version of the proposed changes (a new version of the text), and a brief explanation of the need for adopting the amendment.

Amendments that are made in an untimely manner, not signed by the author, or do not contain a version of the proposed changes (new version of the text) shall not be considered.

4. Based on the decision of the Federation Council, amendments may be made by members of the Federation Council verbally at a routine sitting of the Federation Council. This decision shall be adopted by a majority vote of the total number of members of the Federation Council who took part in the voting, but no less than one-quarter of the total number of members of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 73-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 2 March 2007).

5. The committee of the Federation Council that is responsible for the consideration of the issue shall place the amendments that are received in a table and divide them into amendments that are recommended for adoption and rejection along with a justification of the decisions to adopt or reject the amendments.

The table of amendments shall be submitted for a sitting of the Federation Council.

6. The consideration of the amendments shall begin with a report from the representative of the committee of the Federation Council that is responsible for the consideration of the issue, who shall give a brief overview of the amendments that have been received and justify the committee’s decisions on them.

The initiator of the draft act of the Federation Council may deliver a co-report.

7. At the end of the report (co-report), questions shall be posed to the speaker (co-speaker). Based on a decision of the Federation Council adopted by a majority vote of the members of the Federation Council who­ took part in the vote, but no less than one-quarter of the total number of members of the Federation Council, the time for questions and answers on amendments shall be set (as amended by Resolution No. 73-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 2 March 2007).

8. Based on a proposal from the committee of the Federation Council that is responsible for the consideration of the matter, the amendments recommended for adoption may be voted on in a package. A vote may also be held on the decision to reject the amendments recommended by the committee for rejection. A member of the Federation Council may request a separate vote on any amendment from the package.

9. For each amendment submitted for a separate vote, its author may provide a brief justification (no more than one minute). A representative of the committee of the chamber that is responsible for the consideration of this issue shall express the committee’s opinion on the amendment that is being voted on (no more than one minute).

10. An amendment (package of amendments) shall be considered adopted if the majority of the total number of members of the Federation Council voted for it.

11. After all the amendments have been considered, the adoption of an act of the Federation Council as a whole may be postponed to another time, including the next sitting of the chamber, based on a proposal from the committee of the chamber that is responsible for the consideration of this issue and based on the decision of the Federation Council adopted by a majority vote of the total number of members of the Federation Council.

10. The committee of the Federation Council that is responsible for the consideration of this issue shall submit the text of the draft act of the Federation Council taking into account all the amendments adopted and give an opinion on the absence of internal contradictions in the amendments or offer clarifying amendments.

Clarifying amendments proposed by the committee shall be adopted by a majority vote of the total number of members of the Federation Council.

If the committee of the Federation Council that is responsible for the consideration of this issue has not fulfilled the requirement specified in paragraph 1 of this part by the deadline, a vote shall be held to adopt the draft act of the Federation Council as a whole in the form in which it was postponed.

(Article 69 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 70. Expert examination and endorsement of the acts of the Federation Council

1. Draft acts submitted for consideration by the Federation Council shall undergo legal and linguistic expert examinations in the Legal Department of the Executive Office of the Federation Council and be endorsed by their officials.

2. The acts that are adopted by the Federation Council shall be documented taking into account the amendments adopted by the chamber, endorsed in the committee of the Federation Council that is responsible for the examination of this act as well as by the officials specified in Part 1 of this article, and be submitted for the signature of the Speaker of the Federation Council, registration, and distribution within 96 hours from the moment they are adopted (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

 

Chapter 61

MONITORING THE USE OF THE ELECTRONIC SYSTEM
(Chapter 61 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 341-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 10 July 2013).

 

Article 701. Electronic system 

The electronic system may be used at a sitting of the Federation Council for:

the roll-call registration of members of the Federation Council;

registration by members of the Federation Council for speeches and making proposals and amendments;

counting votes and determining the results of voting;

the formation of a list with the voting results of members of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 348-SF of the Federal Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 8 July 2015);

the accumulation and prompt issuance of reference and statistical information on the course of a sitting;

the formation of reports on the results of registrations, voting, registration for speeches, and other documents;

information support of a sitting.

 

Article 702. Use of the electronic system in different voting methods 

(Article 702 excluded in accordance with Resolution No. 348-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 8 July 2015).

 

Article 703. Electronic System Monitoring Commission

1. The Federation Council shall establish an Electronic System Monitoring Commission from among the members of the Federation Council in order to resolve issues related to monitoring the use of the electronic system and the work of employees of the Executive Office of the Federation Council operating the system at sittings of the chamber.

2. The Electronic System Monitoring Commission is a working body of a sitting of the Federation Council. A special seat equipped with the electronic and technical means required for work shall be reserved for the chairperson of the Electronic System Monitoring Commission in the Sitting Hall of the Federation Council.

3. Members of the Electronic System Monitoring Commission shall have unimpeded access to all necessary information.

4. Decisions of the Electronic System Monitoring Commission on matters falling within its competence shall be mandatory for all employees of the Executive Office of the Federation Council operating the electronic system.

 

Article 704. Verification of the proper operation of the electronic system during secret voting

1. Prior to the start of secret voting, the Electronic System Monitoring Commission must verify whether the electronic system functions properly and whether the set of cards registered in the electronic system for secret voting corresponds to the total number of members of the Federation Council.

2. The proper operation of the electronic system in secret voting mode shall be documented by a report.

 

Article 705. Consideration of complaints by members of the Federation Council about errors in the operation of the electronic system

1. The Electronic System Monitoring Commission shall consider complaints from members of the Federation Council about errors in open voting results, registration for speeches, and other errors in the operation of the electronic system, verify their validity, and provide an opinion (as amended by Resolution No. 348-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 8 July 2015).

2. The Electronic System Monitoring Commission may involve the appropriate specialists in its work as experts.

 

Article 706. Information of the electronic system

1. The results of registration and voting in the form of digital data and other information about the course of a sitting shall be included in the transcript of the chamber sitting and stored in the memory of the electronic system and archive of the Federation Council, except for information about closed sittings of the Federation Council.

2. Lists with the results of open voting on the agenda issues of a sitting of the Federation Council compiled in accordance with Part 7, Article 63 of these Rules of Procedure shall be posted on the official Internet website of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 263-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 10 July 2019).

3. Employees of the Executive Office of the Federation Council who operate the electronic system shall provide a member of the Federation Council with access to information about open sittings of the Federation Council based on a written request.

4. Permission for granting other individuals access to the information of the electronic system, except for information that is publicly available in accordance with Part 2 of this article, shall be given by the Speaker of the Federation Council or, based on the Chairperson’s instructions, by the First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council or the Deputy Speakers of the Federation Council.

(Article 706 as amended by Resolution No. 348-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 8 July 2015).

 

Chapter 7

PARTICIPATION OF THE FEDERATION COUNCIL IN PARLIAMENTARY CONTROL
(Chapter 7 as amended by Resolution No. 341-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 10 July 2013).

Article 71. Procedure for the participation of the Federation Council in parliamentary control

1. The Federation Council shall exercise parliamentary control on the basis of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, federal constitutional laws, the Federal Law “On Parliamentary Control”, other federal laws, and these Rules of Procedure.

2. The Federation Council shall exercise parliamentary control in the following forms:

measures conducted by the Federation Council and committees of the Federation Council to exercise preliminary parliamentary control, current parliamentary control, and subsequent parliamentary control in matters concerning budgetary legal relations;

sending parliamentary inquiries;

hearing information at sittings of the Federation Council from members of the Government of the Russian Federation, leaders and officials of the federal executive authorities, other federal state authorities, and state extra-budgetary funds of the Russian Federation, the replies of these officials to questions from members of the Federation Council as part of “Government Hour” as well as hearing information from these officials at sittings of committees of the Federation Council;

hearing the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, the Deputy Chairpersons of the Government of the Russian Federation, the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, the Governor of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, the Chairperson of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, and other officials in order to obtain information on issues of an extraordinary nature;

the appointment and dismissal of the Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation and half of the auditors of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation;

interaction with the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation in the cases and forms envisaged by the Federal Law “On the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation”;

hearing the annual reports of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation on the state of law and order in the Russian Federation and on work performed to strengthen law and order;

sending representatives of the Federation Council to organizations established by the Russian Federation on the basis of federal laws and their recall from these organizations;

inviting members of the Government of the Russian Federation and other officials to sittings of committees of the Federation Council;

holding parliamentary hearings;

conducting parliamentary investigations.

3. The procedure for exercising separate forms of parliamentary control shall be governed by the legislation of the Russian Federation and these Rules of Procedure.

 

Article 72 Exercising of parliamentary control by the Federation Council in budgetary relations 

1. Parliamentary control in matters concerning budgetary relations includes preliminary parliamentary control, current parliamentary control, and subsequent parliamentary control.

2. Preliminary parliamentary control includes:

a discussion of the draft guidelines for the budget policy of the Russian Federation and the draft guidelines for the tax policy of the Russian Federation;

the consideration of draft state programmes of the Russian Federation and proposals on introducing changes to the state programmes of the Russian Federation (hereinafter referred to as draft state programmes);

participation in the discussion of the draft federal law on the federal budget for the next financial year and the planned period and draft federal laws on the budgets of state extra-budgetary funds of the Russian Federation for the next financial year and planned period;

consideration of the federal law on the federal budget for the next financial year and the planned period and federal laws on the budgets of state extra-budgetary funds of the Russian Federation for the next financial year and the planned period and the adoption of decisions on these federal laws in accordance with the Budget Code of the Russian Federation.

3. Drafts state programmes, draft guidelines for the budget policy of the Russian Federation, and draft guidelines for the tax policy of the Russian Federation received by the Federation Council in accordance with Article 11 of the Federal Law “On Parliamentary Control” shall be considered in the relevant committees of the Federation Council, the Committee of the Federation Council on the Budget and Financial Markets, and the Committee of the Federation Council on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Government and Northern Affairs.

4. Committees of the Federation Council shall take part in parliamentary hearings on relevant drafts being drawn up by the State Duma.

5. The conclusions of the relevant committees of the Federation Council, the Committee of the Federation Council on the Budget and Financial Markets, and the Committee of the Federation Council on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Government and Northern Affairs on relevant drafts shall be sent to the Government of the Russian Federation.

6. As part of current parliamentary control, specific issues concerning the execution of the federal budget and the budgets of state extra-budgetary funds of the Russian Federation shall be considered at sittings of committees of the Federation Council, during parliamentary hearings, and in connection with parliamentary inquiries.

7. As part of subsequent parliamentary control, reports on the execution of the federal budget and budgets of state extra-budgetary funds of the Russian Federation shall be considered and approved in accordance with the Budget Code of the Russian Federation.

8. The Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation shall be involved in the exercising of parliamentary control in matters concerning budgetary relations.

 

Article 721 Consideration in the Council of Federation of draft regulatory legal acts of the Government of the Russian Federation that establish rules for the provision of inter-budgetary transfers from the federal budget to the budgets of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation whose distribution among the budgets of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation is not approved by the federal law on the federal budget

1. In accordance with clause 9, Article 130 of the Budget Code of the Russian Federation, draft regulatory legal acts of the Government of the Russian Federation that establish rules for the provision of inter-budgetary transfers from the federal budget to the budgets of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation whose distribution among the budgets of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation is not approved by the federal law on the federal budget (hereinafter referred to as draft regulatory legal acts) shall be sent to the Federation Council with calculations of the distribution of inter-budgetary transfers in accordance with the draft of the relevant rules, except for cases when inter-budgetary transfers are provided on a competitive basis.

2. The federal executive authority responsible for preparing the draft regulatory legal act shall send the draft regulatory legal act to the Federation Council after it is coordinated with all the relevant federal executive authorities and also taking into account the comments of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation.

3. The draft regulatory legal act received by the Federation Council shall be sent to the Committee of the Federation Council on the Budget and Financial Markets (head) and relevant committees of the Federation Council.

4. In accordance with Article 27 of these Rules of Procedure, the relevant committee of the Federation Council shall review the draft regulatory legal act on issues falling within its jurisdiction and adopt a decision on it, which it shall forward to the Committee of the Federation Council on the Budget and Financial Markets within a period not exceeding three business days from the receipt of the draft regulatory legal act by the Federation Council.

5. The decision of the relevant committee of the Federation Council must contain a proposal to submit or not submit the draft regulatory legal act to a tripartite commission on matters concerning inter-budgetary relations with a justification for consideration.

6. The Committee of the Federation Council on the Budget and Financial Markets shall examine the draft regulatory legal act, summarize the proposals of the relevant committees of the Federation Council on the draft regulatory legal act, and send a decision to the Government of the Russian Federation and the Committee of the State Duma on Budget and Taxes on whether to submit the draft regulatory legal act to the tripartite commission on matters concerning inter-budgetary relations with for consideration.

7. The decision of the Committee of the Federation Council on the Budget and Financial Markets shall be adopted at a sitting of the committee following the discussion of the draft regulatory legal act with the participation of representatives from the federal executive authority responsible for preparing the draft regulatory legal act, the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation, the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation as well as representatives of the relevant committees of the Federation Council.

(Article 721 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 279-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 June 2015).

 

Article 73 Participation in the work of the governmental commission for the investigation of the causes of emergencies and elimination of their consequences

1. Based on the decision of the Government of the Russian Federation, a representative(s) of the Federation Council may be invited to work in the governmental commission for the investigation of the causes of emergencies and the elimination of their consequences (hereinafter referred to as the government commission).

2. An invitation to take part in the work of the governmental commission shall be considered by the relevant committee of the Federation Council.

3. Based on the recommendation of the relevant committee, the Federation Council shall decide whether to send a representative(s) of the Federation Council to serve on the governmental commission. This decision shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

4. A representative of the Federation Council who served on the governmental commission shall present a report on the activities of the governmental commission at a sitting of the relevant committee of the Federation Council.

5. Based on the results of the consideration of the report specified in Part 4 of this article, and in the event it is determined that the information about the causes of emergencies and the elimination of their consequences is incomplete, the relevant committee of the Federation Council may send this information to the Government of the Russian Federation or to the relevant state body or official.

 

Article 74. Parliamentary control of the work of Federation Council representatives

1. Members of supervisory boards at organizations established by the Russian Federation on the basis of federal laws who are representatives of the Federation Council as well as representatives of the Federation Council in other bodies and organizations (hereinafter referred to as representatives of the Federation Council) shall be required to submit a report on its activities to the relevant committee of the Federation Council at least once a year.

2. The powers of a representative of the Federation Council may be prematurely terminated based on a decision from the chamber based on a recommendation from the relevant committee of the Federation Council. The recommendation must contain a proposal on the appointment of a new representative of the Federation Council.

 

Article 75. Parliamentary control during the issuance of regulatory legal acts whose drafting and adoption are envisaged by federal laws

1. The Federation Council shall monitor compliance by the Government of the Russian Federation and federal executive authorities with the established deadlines for the adoption of regulatory legal acts whose drafting and adoption are envisaged by federal laws as well as the complete Rules of Procedure of the relevant relations in order to identify the appropriate gaps.

2. The Government of the Russian Federation, on a quarterly basis no later than 30 days after the end of the quarter, shall send information to the Federation Council about the drafting and expected deadlines for the adoption of regulatory legal acts whose drafting and adoption are envisaged by federal laws.

3. The information submitted by the Government of the Russian Federation shall be sent by the Speaker of the Federation Council to the committees of the chamber for consideration in accordance with the matters falling within their jurisdiction.

4. Committees of the Federation Council shall inform the Council of the Chamber at its next sitting about the results of the consideration of information submitted by the Government of the Russian Federation.

5. Based on the results of the discussion of the information of the committees of the Federation Council, the Council of the Chamber may adopt one of the following decisions:

discuss the information at a sitting of the Federation Council;

take the information under advisement and send it to the members of the Federation Council.

 

Article 76. Decisions of the Federation Council based on the results of parliamentary control activities

1. Based on the results of parliamentary control activities, the Federation Council may take the following actions within the powers established by the Constitution of the Russian Federation and federal laws:

instruct a committee of the Federation Council to draft a corresponding federal law to be submitted to the State Duma using the legislative initiative procedure;

invite a state authority and the relevant officials to take measures to eliminate any violations of the legislation of the Russian Federation that have been identified as well as to eliminate the causes and conditions that contributed to the violations;

to dismiss individuals whose appointment and dismissal falls within the jurisdiction of the Federation Council in the manner prescribed by federal laws and these Rules of Procedure;

appeal to individuals who, in accordance with the Constitution of the Russian Federation and federal laws, may adopt decisions on the dismissal of individuals whose activities were unsatisfactory or may submit recommendations on the removal of such individuals from their position;

appeal to the prosecutorial authorities of the Russian Federation or the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation.

2. A state authority, local government authority, organization, or the relevant officials must consider proposals from the Federation Council based on the results of parliamentary control and notify the chamber about the results of the consideration of the proposals within a month or within the period established by the Federation Council.

 

 

Chapter 71

PROCEDURE FOR THE PARTICIPATION OF THE FEDERATION COUNCIL IN A PARLIAMENTARY INVESTIGATION OF THE FEDERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

(Chapter 71introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 85-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 March 2006).

 

Article 761. Powers of the Federation Council for participation in a parliamentary investigation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation

1. An initiative to initiate a parliamentary investigation may be submitted by: a group of members of the Federation Council comprising at least one-fifth of the total number of members of the Federation Council based on the facts and circumstances specified in clauses 1–3, Part 1, Article 4 of the Federal Law “On a Parliamentary Investigation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation”;

the relevant committee of the Federation Council based on the facts specified in clause 4, Part 1, Article 4 of the Federal Law “On a Parliamentary Investigation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation”.

2. When carrying out activities to investigate the facts and circumstances specified in Part 1, Article 4 of the Federal Law “On a Parliamentary Investigation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation”, the Federation Council may adopt the following decisions:

a) to support an initiative to initiate a parliamentary investigation by a group of members of the Federation Council comprising at least one-fifth of the total number of members of the Federation Council;

b) to support an initiative to initiate a parliamentary investigation by a relevant committee of the Federation Council;

c) to initiate a parliamentary investigation based on a resolution from the State Duma for the support of an initiative to initiate a parliamentary inquiry and also based on a resolution from the State Duma for the support of a proposal of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation for the establishment of the parliamentary commission to investigate violations of human and civil rights and freedoms (hereinafter referred to as support for a proposal to establish a commission);

d) on the members of the parliamentary commission of the Federation Council that is established on a parity basis with the State Duma and the election of its co-chairperson;

e) on the approval of the final report of the parliamentary commission.

(Article 761 as amended by Resolution No. 457-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 22 November 2017).

 

Article 762. Procedure for the preliminary consideration of issues related to support for an initiative to initiate a parliamentary investigation and the initiation of a parliamentary investigation

 

1. A relevant committee of the Federation Council or a group of members of the Federation Council comprising at least one-fifth of the total number of members of the Federation Council shall send the Speaker of the Federation Council a written request to initiate a parliamentary investigation which must describe the facts and circumstances that are subject to the parliamentary investigation and substantiate the need and feasibility of conducting the investigation in accordance with the Federal Law “On a Parliamentary Investigation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation”.

A relevant committee of the Federation Council or a group of members of the Federation Council may prepare a draft written request jointly with the Legal Department of the Executive Office of the Federation Council.

2. The Speaker of the Federation Council shall determine the committee responsible for considering support for an initiative to initiate a parliamentary investigation or the initiation of a parliamentary investigation based on a resolution from the State Duma on support for an initiative to initiate a parliamentary investigation or on support for a proposal to establish a commission.

3. A written request for the initiation of a parliamentary investigation or a resolution received by the Federation Council from the State Duma for the support of an initiative to initiate a parliamentary investigation or for the support of a proposal to establish a commission shall be sent by the Speaker of the Federation Council to the responsible committee and the Committee of the Federation Council on House Rules and Parliamentary Governance in order to prepare a conclusion and draft resolution of the Federation Council.

(Article 762 as amended by Resolution No. 457-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 22 November 2017).

 

Article 763. Preliminary consideration of the membership of the parliamentary commission of the Federation Council

1. Nominations for membership in the parliamentary commission of the Federation Council shall be proposed by the committees of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

2. The responsible committee of the Federation Council shall summarize the proposals of the chamber’s committees, form the parliamentary commission of the Federation Council in accordance with the requirements of Article 10 of the Federal Law “On a Parliamentary Investigation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation”, and propose a nomination for its co-chairperson.

The number of members of the Federation Council who join the parliamentary commission of the Federation Council must be equal to the number of deputies of the State Duma who join the parliamentary commission from the State Duma.

(Part 2 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

Article 764. Procedure for the adoption at a sitting of the Federation Council of decisions to support an initiative to initiate a parliamentary investigation or initiate a parliamentary investigation and on the members of the parliamentary commission from the Federation Council

 

1. Issues concerning support for an initiative to initiate a parliamentary investigation and the members of the parliamentary commission from the Federation Council must be considered by the Federation Council no later than 15 days from the date of receipt of a written request from a group of members of the Federation Council.

Issues concerning the initiation of a parliamentary investigation and the members of the parliamentary commission from the Federation Council must be considered by the Federation Council no later than 15 days from the date of the adoption of the relevant resolutions of the State Duma.

If issues concerning the consideration of support for an initiative to initiate a parliamentary investigation or the resolutions of the State Duma specified in clause c, Part 2, Article 761 of these Rules of Procedure are submitted to the Federation Council in the period between sessions of the Federation Council, these issues must be considered within seven days from the day of the start of the next session of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 457-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 22 November 2017).

2. Support for an initiative to initiate a parliamentary investigation at a sitting of the Federation Council shall begin with a report by the representative of the initiators of the parliamentary investigation. A representative of the responsible committee of the Federation Council shall deliver a co-report (as amended by Resolution No. 457-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 22 November 2017).

The consideration of the initiation of a parliamentary investigation based on the resolutions of the State Duma specified in clause c, Part 2, Article 761 of these Rules of Procedure shall begin with a report from the representative of the responsible committee of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 457-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 22 November 2017).

A representative of the Committee of the Federation Council on House Rules and Parliamentary Governance shall present information about compliance with the procedure for initiating a parliamentary investigation (paragraph 3 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 457-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 22 November 2017).

(Part 2 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

3. The decision of the Federation Council on the issues specified in Part 1 of this Article shall be deemed adopted if the majority of the total number of members of the Federation Council voted for it. It shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council, which shall be immediately sent to the State Duma.

 

Article 765. Procedure for the termination of the powers of a member of a parliamentary commission from the Federation Council and the filling of vacant seats

1. The powers of a member of the parliamentary commission from the Federation Council shall be terminated on the grounds envisaged by Parts 1–3, Article 11 of the Federal Law “On a Parliamentary Investigation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation”. The decision to terminate the powers of a member of the parliamentary commission from the Federation Council shall be adopted by a majority of the members of the Federation Council and documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

2. The decision to fill a vacant seat shall be adopted by the Federation Council based on a proposal from the committee of the chamber responsible for forming the parliamentary commission from the Federation Council by a majority of the members of the Federation Council and be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 766. Support for the activities of the parliamentary commission

 

A central office of the parliamentary commission including employees of the Executive Office of the Federation Council and Central Office of the State Duma shall be established on a parity basis to support the activities of the parliamentary commission.

The staff of the central office of the parliamentary commission from the Executive Office of the Federation Council shall be approved by the Speaker of the Federation Council based on a proposal from the Secretary General of the Federation Council.

 

Article 767. Procedure for the consideration of a final report of a parliamentary commission by the Federation Council

1. The final report of the parliamentary commission (hereinafter referred to as the final report) prepared based on the results of the parliamentary investigation shall be sent by the Speaker of the Federation Council to the committees of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

2. The responsible committee of the chamber shall summarize the proposals of the committees of the Federation Council and prepare a draft resolution of the Federation Council on the final report (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

3. The Federation Council shall consider the final report no later than one month from the date of its receipt.

4. The High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation may participate in the sitting of the Federation Council during the consideration of the final report.

5. The consideration of the final report at a sitting of the Federation Council shall begin with the report of the responsible committee of the chamber (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

6. The final report shall be considered approved if more than half of the total number of members of the Federation Council voted for it. The decision to approve the final report shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

7. The Federation Council may suggest that the parliamentary commission clarify certain provisions of the final report.

8. If the Federation Council decides to approve the final report last, the Speaker of the Federation Council shall send it to the President of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Russian Federation as well as for publication in the prescribed manner and placement on the Internet international computer network.

 

Chapter 8

PROCEDURE FOR PREPARING FOR AND HOLDING “GOVERNMENT HOUR” AT A SITTING OF THE FEDERATION COUNCIL


Article 77. Preparations for “Government Hour” at a sitting of the Federation Council 

1. The Federation Council may invite the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, members of the Government of the Russian Federation, the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, the Governor of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, the Chairperson of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, the senior officials of other federal state authorities, the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, local government authorities, and state extra-budgetary funds (hereinafter referred to as officials) to a sitting of the chamber to answer questions from members of the Federation Council.

The Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation shall be invited to a sitting of the chamber at least once a year.

2. Proposals from the committees of the Federation Council on issues to be heard during “Government Hour” and the invitation to officials shall be sent by the Speaker of the Federation Council and considered by the Council of the Chamber.

3. The Council of the Chamber shall approve lists of issues to be heard during “Government Hour” for the spring and autumn sessions with an indication of the officials invited to speak on these issues and the committee(s) of the Federation Council responsible for preparing and conducting “Government Hour” (hereinafter referred to as the responsible committee).

4. The issue of inviting an official to speak during “Government Hour” at a regular sitting of the Federation Council shall be included in the draft agenda of the chamber’s sitting.

5. The decision to invite an official to speak during “Government Hour” shall be adopted by a majority vote of the total number of members of the Federation Council and documented by an excerpt from the minutes of the sitting of the Federation Council.

The auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation in charge of the area of activities at the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation that correspond to the issue to be heard during “Government Hour” shall be invited to attend “Government Hour”.

6. An invitation from the Federation Council shall be sent to an official no later than five days prior to “Government Hour”.

7. Committees of the Federation Council and members of the Federation Council shall send the responsible committee written questions for the invited official as well as proposals for the draft resolution of the Federation Council. The responsible committee shall summarise the submitted questions and send them to the invited official no later than five days prior to “Government Hour.”

(Part 7 as amended by Resolution No. 405-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 25 September 2019).

8. The responsible committee and the invited official shall coordinate the latter’s arrival and the list of materials that need to be submitted to members of the Federation Council based on the specific questions no later than 24 hours prior to the start of the chamber sitting.

If the invited official is unable to arrive at the sitting of the Federation Council at the agreed time, the official may arrive at a different time or send a deputy to the sitting of the chamber coordination with the Speaker of the Federation Council.

(Article 77 as amended by Resolution No. 47-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 1 March 2017).

 

Article 78. Holding “Government Hour” at a sitting of the Federation Council

1. “Government hour” is held on the first day of a regular sitting of the Federation Council for one hour. The duration of “Government Hour” may be increased, but by no more than 30 minutes, based on the decision of the Federation Council adopted by a majority vote of members of the Federation Council who took part in voting, but no less than one-quarter of the total number of members of the Federation Council.­

(Part 1 as amended by Resolution No. 443-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 25 November 2011).

2. An invited official shall be given up to 15 minutes to speak on the matters addressed in the written questions posed and may be granted an additional five minutes based on the decision of the Federation Council, if necessary. The time allotted for answering verbal questions from members of the Federation Council shall be determined by the decision of the chamber, which shall be adopted by a majority vote of the members of the Federation Council who took part in the vote, but no less than one-quarter of the total number of members of the Federation Council.

(Part 2 as amended by Resolutions No. 73-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 2 March 2007 and No. 127-SF dated 16 April 2014).

3. After answering verbal questions from members of the Federation Council, up to five minutes shall be granted to an invited auditor from the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation and up to three minutes shall be granted to the initiator of the invitation of the official, a representative of the responsible committee, or to other members of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014).

4. Following the presentation of an invited official as well as the presentations and questions by members of the Federation Council and answers to them, a discussion shall be held on the draft resolution of the Federation Council prepared by the responsible committee.

(Part 4 as amended by Resolution No. 47-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 1 March 2017).

5. If an invited official is unable to attend the sitting of the Federation Council and the members of the Federation Council are not satisfied with the answer of the official’s deputy, this official may be invited to another sitting of the Federation Council based on the decision of the chamber.

(Article 78 as amended by Resolution No. 79-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 March 2003).

 

Article 79. Decisions of the Federation Council on matters considered during “Government Hour”

1. The Federation Council may adopt the decisions envisaged by Part 1, Article 76 of these Rules of Procedure on matters considered during “Government Hour” as well as the following decisions (as amended by Resolution No. 341-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 10 July 2013):

an appeal to the President of the Russian Federation;

an appeal to the Government of the Russian Federation;

instructions for the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation;

recommendations for the Government of the Russian Federation;

recommendations for officials and the bodies headed by them;

the preparation of a parliamentary inquiry of the Federation Council;

taking the information of the invited official under advisement.

2. Decisions of the Federation Council on matters considered during “Government Hour” shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 47-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 1 March 2017).

3. If the proposal of a member of the Federation Council made at a sitting of the Federation Council when discussing a draft resolution of the Federation Council adopted during “Government Hour” was not ­reflected in the resolution adopted by the chamber, the member may state his/her dissenting opinion in writing. A dissenting opinion shall be prepared by a member of the Federation Council on the letterhead of a member of the Federation Council and registered within 24 hours from the date of adoption of the decision of the Federation Council. The dissenting opinion shall be attached to the resolution of the Federation Council and sent to the relevant state authority or the relevant official.

(Part 3 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 279-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 June 2015).

(Article 79 as amended by Resolution No. 79-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 March 2003).

 

Article 80. Implementation and control of the execution of decisions of the Federation Council on matters considered during “Government Hour”

1. Based on the results of the consideration of issues during “Government Hour”, the chamber may instruct a committee of the Federation Council to prepare a legislative initiative for the Federation Council, hold parliamentary hearings, or provide other instructions in accordance with its jurisdiction.

2. The Federation Council may give instructions to the responsible committee or plenipotentiary representatives of the Federation Council specified in Part 3, Article 9 of these Rules of Procedure to control the execution of the chamber’s decisions on issues considered during “Government Hour”.

The committee of the Federation Council or plenipotentiary representative of the Federation Council shall inform the Council of the Chamber about the progress of the execution of this instruction within the period prescribed by the Federation Council.

(Article 80 as amended by Resolutions No. 79-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 March 2003 and No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011).

 

 

Chapter 9

PROCEDURE FOR PREPARING AND ADOPTING A PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY OF THE FEDERATION COUNCIL

 

Article 81. Proposal on a parliamentary inquiry of the Federation Council

 

1. The Federation Council may send a parliamentary inquiry of the Federation Council to the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, members of the Government of the Russian Federation, the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, the Chairperson of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, the Governor of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, the Chairperson of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, election commissions, chairpersons of referendum commissions, the Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation, the senior officials of the federal state authorities the Russian Federation, the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation, the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation, and the Federal Compulsory Medical Insurance Fund on matters falling within the competence of these authorities and officials in compliance with the requirements on the inadmissibility of interference in the operational, search, and criminal procedural activities of bodies of inquiry, investigators, and judicial activities (as amended by Resolution No. 52-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 10 February 2016).

2. A proposal for a parliamentary request of the Federation Council may be submitted to the chamber for consideration by the Speaker of the Federation Council, the First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council, a Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council, or a committee of the Federation Council on matters falling within their jurisdiction, two members of the Federation Council representing a single constituent entity of the Russian Federation or a group of members of the Federation Council comprised of at least five people (as amended by Resolutions No. 152 of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004, No. 149-SF dated 152-SF dated 29 April 2009, and No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 82. Procedure for the preparation and adoption of a resolution of the Federation Council on a parliamentary inquiry

1. A draft resolution of the Federation Council on a parliamentary inquiry of the Federation Council shall be sent by the initiators of the inquiry to the Speaker of the Federation Council for the issue to be included in the agenda of a regular sitting of the Federation Council.

2. A draft of the parliamentary inquiry of the Federation Council prepared in accordance with the requirements established by these Rules of Procedure as well as other documents and materials shall be attached to the draft resolution of the chamber. A draft parliamentary inquiry of the Federation Council may contain proposals on the preferred form of response to the request: verbal or written.

3. The Federation Council shall adopt a resolution on a parliamentary request of the Federation Council by a majority vote of the total number of members of the Federation Council.

 

Article 83. Response to a parliamentary inquiry of the Federation Council

1. An official shall give a verbal response to a parliamentary inquiry of the Federation Council at the next sitting of the Federation Council or within the time established by the chamber.

2. An official shall give a written response to a parliamentary inquiry of the Federation Council to the Federation Council no later than 15 days after receiving the parliamentary inquiry of the Federation Council unless another period has been established by the Federation Council.

3. A written response to a parliamentary inquiry of the Federation Council shall be read out by the chair of a sitting of the Federation Council. Copies of the written response shall be sent to all members of the Federation Council within five days of receipt.

31. If a parliamentary request is sent to multiple officials, the Speaker of the Federation Council shall send their written replies to the initiator of the parliamentary inquiry to prepare a summary of the information, which shall be communicated to members of the Federation Council.

(Part 31 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 556-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 15 December 2010).

4. The Federation Council may decide to resend a parliamentary inquiry if the response to the parliamentary inquiry is deemed to be unsatisfactory.

(Part 4 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 308-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 6 October 2006).

 

 

Chapter 91.

CONSIDERATION BY THE FEDERATION COUNCIL OF THE ANNUAL REPORT OF THE PROSECUTOR GENERAL OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION ON THE STATE OF LAW AND ORDER IN THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION AND ON THE WORK PERFORMED TO STRENGTHEN LAW AND ORDER, THE ANNUAL REPORT OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION ON HIS/HER ACTIVITIES, REPORTS ON THE ACTIVITIES OF THE ACCOUNTS CHAMBER OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION, AND STATE AND NATIONAL REPORTS

(Chapter 91 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 47-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 1 March 2017).

Article 831. Consideration by the Federation Council of the annual report of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation on the state of law and order in the Russian Federation and on the work performed to strengthen law and order, the annual report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation on his/her activities, and reports on the work of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation

1. In accordance with Article 12 of the Federal Law “On the Public Prosecution Service of the Russian Federation”, the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation shall personally present an annual report to the Federation Council on the state of law and order in the Russian Federation and on the work perform to strengthen law and order at a sitting of the chamber.

2. In accordance with Article 33 of the Federal Constitutional Law “On the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation”, the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation shall submit a report to the Federation Council at the end of the calendar year on his/her activities and may present it personally at a sitting of the Chamber.

3. In accordance with Article 7 of the Federal Law “On the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation”, the Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation jointly with the Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation shall present reports to the Federation Council on the work performed by the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation.

4. The submission date of the reports specified in Parts 1–3 of this Article and the duration of the presentations at a sitting of the Federation Council shall be coordinated with the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation, and the Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation, respectively.

5. After a presentation by an official and answers to questions from members of the Federation Council, the floor shall be yielded for no more than five minutes to a representative of the committee of the Federation Council responsible for the consideration of this issue at the sitting of the Federation Council.

6. The Federation Council may adopt a resolution based on the results of the consideration of the reports specified in Parts 1–3 of this article.

Article 832. Hearing of information by representatives of the Government of the Russian Federation on annual state and national reports

1. In accordance with Article 71 of the Federal Law “On Parliamentary Control”, the Federation Council shall hear information from representatives of the Government of the Russian Federation on annual state and national reports (hereinafter referred to as information) in cases envisaged by the legislation of the Russian Federation.

2. The date for the submission of information at a sitting of the Federation Council and the duration of the presentation shall be coordinated by the committee of the Federation Council that is responsible for the consideration of this issue at a sitting of the Federation Council with the representative of the Government of the Russian Federation who presents the information at a sitting of the Federation Council.

The auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation in charge of the corresponding area of activities at the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation shall be invited to present a co-report at the chamber.

3. When hearing the information, issues concerning the effective use of federal budget funds in the relevant areas as well as the achievement of the target indicators approved by the state programmes of the Russian Federation must be considered.

3. The Federation Council may adopt a resolution after the information is considered.

 

Chapter 10

PARLIAMENTARY HEARINGS AND OTHER FORMS OF WORK IN THE FEDERATION COUNCIL

Article 84. Organization of parliamentary hearings

1. In accordance with Part 3, Article 101 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the Federation Council shall hold parliamentary hearings on matters falling within its jurisdiction.

2. Parliamentary hearings in the Federation Council shall be held at the initiative of the Speaker of the Federation Council, the Council of the Chamber, a committee of the Federation Council on matters falling within its jurisdiction, or a group of at least 15 members of the Federation Council.

3. The decision to hold parliamentary hearings with an indication of the topic, time, and place of the parliamentary hearings as well as the committee of the Federation Council responsible for preparing and holding them shall be adopted by the Council of the Chamber. Information about parliamentary hearings to be held shall be communicated to the media.

4. Parliamentary hearings may be held jointly with committees and commissions of the State Duma as well as the parliaments (chambers of parliaments) of foreign states.

5. The Federation Council may hold open and closed parliamentary hearings.

6. The list of individuals invited to the parliamentary hearings shall be determined by the committee of the Federation Council responsible for preparing and holding them. The Speaker of the Federation Council may supplement the list.

(Article 84 as amended by Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014).

Article 85. Preparation for parliamentary hearings

 

(Article 85 repealed in accordance with Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014).

 

Article 86. Open and closed parliamentary hearings

1. Representatives of the mass media and the public may attend open parliamentary hearings. Information on the topic, time, and place of the parliamentary hearings shall be communicated to the media no later than 10 days prior to the start of the hearing.

2. Issues related to state or other secrets protected by law shall be discussed at closed parliamentary hearings.

3. Open and closed parliamentary hearings may be attended by the President of the Russian Federation, the Speaker of the Federation Council, the Chairman of the State Duma, the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, members of the Federation Council, deputies of the State Duma, members of the Government of the Russian Federation, state secretaries and deputies (first deputies) of the senior officials of the federal executive authorities, the President of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, the Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation and the Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation , auditors of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation, the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation, the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, the Chairperson of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, the plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council, the plenipotentiary representative of the Government of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council, the plenipotentiary representative of the State Duma in the Federation Council, the Presidential Commissioner for Children’s Rights, and the senior officials of legislative (representative) and executive state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation (as amended by Resolutions No. 556-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 15 December 2010 and No. 127-SF dated 16 April 2014).

4. The list of individuals entitled to attend closed parliamentary hearings shall be prepared by the committee of the Federation Council responsible for preparing and holding parliamentary hearings and shall be coordinated with the Speaker of the Federation Council, the First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council, or a Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolutions No. 152 of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004, No. 149-SF dated 152-SF dated 29 April 2009, and No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011).

5. Representatives of the media and the public shall not be permitted to attend closed parliamentary hearings.

6. The procedure for ensuring closed parliamentary hearings shall be approved by the Speaker of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 85-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 March 2006).

 

Article 87. Chair of parliamentary hearings

 

1. Parliamentary hearings may be chaired by the Speaker of the Federation Council, First Deputy Chairperson, or a Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council, the chairperson, first deputy chairperson, or a deputy committee chair of the Federation Council, or a member of the committee responsible for preparing and holding parliamentary hearings based on instructions from a committee of the chamber (as amended by Resolutions No. 152 of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004, No. 149-SF dated 152-SF dated 29 April 2009, and No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011).

2. The chair shall manage the parliamentary hearings and monitor the procedure for the discussion of issues on the agenda of the parliamentary hearings.

 

Article 88. Preparation of materials of parliamentary hearings

1. Information materials for parliamentary hearings, draft recommendations, and other documents to be adopted based on the results of parliamentary hearings, including bills and draft resolutions of the Federation Council, shall be prepared by the chamber committee responsible for preparing and holding parliamentary hearings (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

2. In order to prepare drafts of these documents, working groups may be formed with employees of the Executive Office of the Federation Council as well as independent experts based on a directive from the Speaker of the Federation Council or, based on his/her instructions, the First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council or a Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolutions No. 152-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004 and No. 149-SF dated 29 April 2009).

 

Article 89. Procedure for holding parliamentary hearings

1. Parliamentary hearings shall begin with brief introductory remarks from the chair, who shall provide information about the substance of the issue under discussion, its importance, the procedure for holding hearings, and the invited individuals. The floor shall then be granted to a representative of the committee of the chamber responsible for preparing and holding parliamentary hearings, or the individual invited to deliver a report on the issue under discussion (up to 30 minutes), after which the floor is granted to members of the Federation Council and the invited individuals participating in the parliamentary hearings.

(Part 1 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

2. The duration of parliamentary hearings shall be determined by the nature of the issues discussed. The chamber committee responsible for preparing and holding parliamentary hearings may decide to adjourn in parliamentary hearings and continue their work at another time (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

3. Anyone wishing to speak at parliamentary hearings shall only take the floor with the permission of the chair.

4. Presentations on the issue under discussion given by the individuals invited to the parliamentary hearings shall be followed by questions from members of the Federation Council and other participants in the hearings, which may be asked either verbally or in writing.

5. Individuals invited to open parliamentary hearings may not answer questions from members of the Federation Council if they concern information constituting a state or other secret protected by law.

 

Article 90. Final documents and materials of parliamentary hearings

1. Recommendations and other documents may be adopted based on the results of parliamentary hearings. These documents shall be approved by the chamber committee responsible for preparing parliamentary hearings, either by the Council of the Chamber or by the Federation Council.

(Part 1 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

2. A protocol and a transcript shall be kept at parliamentary hearings, which shall be signed by the chair.

3. The materials of open parliamentary hearings shall be covered in the mass media. The materials and transcripts of parliamentary hearings shall be transferred to the Parliamentary Library within ten days.

4. Materials of closed parliamentary hearings are intended only for members of the Federation Council and representatives of the state authorities that participated in them.

 

Article 91. Forums, roundtables, conferences, seminars, and other events

Forums, roundtables, conferences, seminars, and other events on issues falling within the jurisdiction of the chamber may be held in the Federation Council based on the decision of the Federation Council. These events may be initiated by the Council of the Chamber, the Speaker of the Federation Council, and committees of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolutions No. 85-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 March 2006 and No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 92. Press conferences

 

The Federation Council may hold press conferences of the Speaker of the Federation Council, First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council, Deputy Chairpersons as well as the chairpersons, first deputy chairpersons, and deputy Chairs of Committees of the Federation Council and members of the Federation Council. The procedure for holding press conferences in the Federation Council shall be established by the Speaker of the Federation Council.

(Article 92 as amended by Resolutions No. 152 of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004, No. 149-SF dated 152-SF dated 29 April 2009, and No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 93. Working groups, expert councils, and joint commissions

(name of Article 93 as amended by Resolution No. 85-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 March 2006)

 

1. In order to prepare specific issues as well as prepare and hold parliamentary hearings, the Speaker of the Federation Council, the Council of the Chamber, and a committee of the Federation Council may establish working groups with members of the Federation Council, representatives of the federal executive authorities, other state authorities, public associations, scientific institutions as well as scientists and other professionals who have the right to leave for the constituent entities of the Russian Federation (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

2. The Federation Council, Speaker of the Federation Council, Council of the Chamber, or a committee of the Federation Council may establish expert councils on a voluntary basis, hire professionals as experts, and schedule an independent expert examination of bills (as amended by Resolutions No. 25-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 12 February 2003 and No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011).

21. The Federation Council may establish joint commissions in order to prepare proposals for the formation and implementation of certain areas of public policy and their legislative support.

(Part 21 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 85-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 March 2006).

3. The Speaker of the Federation Council may establish advisory councils from among members of the Federation Council.

(Part 3 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 25-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 12 February 2003).

 

Article 931. Council on interaction between the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation with the legislative (representative) state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation (Council of Legislators)

 

(Article 931 excluded in accordance with Resolution No. 194-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 June 2012).

 

Article 94. Interaction between the Federation Council and associations of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation as well as associations and unions of municipalities

In order to interact with regional (interregional) associations of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, parliamentary associations of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation as well as associations and unions of municipalities, the Speaker of the Federation Council and the Council of the Chamber may establish coordinating and advisory councils with representatives of these associations and unions as members.

 

Article 95. Days of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation

 

Based on the decision of the Council of the Chamber, Days of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation may be held in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation (as amended by Resolution No. 85-SF of the Federation) Federation dated 24 March 2006). The procedure for holding such days shall be established by the Speaker of the Federation Council in consultation with the Council of the Chamber and the legislative (representative) and executive state authorities of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation.

 

Article 951. Days of a Constituent Entity of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council

1. The Days of a Constituent Entity of the Russian Federation may be held in the Federation Council in order to represent the constituent entity of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council.

2. The Days of a Constituent Entity of the Russian Federation shall be held based on the recommendation of a member of the Federation Council who represents this constituent entity of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council in coordination with the state authorities of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation.

3. The Council of the Chamber shall approve the schedule for the Days of the Constituent Entities of the Russian Federation at the start of the spring (autumn) session based on a recommendation from the Committee of the Federation Council on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Government and Northern Affairs.

4. The programme for the Days of a Constituent Entity of the Russian Federation shall be approved by the Committee of the Federation Council on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Government and Northern Affairs in coordination with the committees of the Council of Federation and state authorities of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation.

5. The sitting of the Federation Council shall feature an “hour of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation” during which the heads of the legislative (representative) and/or executive state authorities of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation may speak.

6. A resolution of the Federation Council may be adopted based on the results of the Day of a Constituent Entity in the Russian Federation in the Federation Council.

7. The costs associated with preparing and holding of the Days of a Constituent Entity of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council shall be borne by the constituent entity of the Russian Federation, except for expenses on events conducted by the Federation Council, which are carried out using appropriations allocated for these purposes according to the budget estimate of the Federation Council the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.

(Part 7 as amended by Resolution No. 271-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 19 July 2017).

8. The Executive Office of the Federation Council shall handle preparations for Days of a Constituent Entity of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council.

(Article 951 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 85-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 March 2006; as amended by Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014).

 

Chapter 101

REPORT OF THE FEDERATION COUNCIL OF THE FEDERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION ON THE STATE OF LEGISLATION IN THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

 

(Chapter 101 excluded in accordance with Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014).

 

Chapter 11

SUPPORT FOR THE ACTIVITIES OF THE FEDERATION COUNCIL

Article 96. Executive Office of the Federation Council

1. Support for the activities of the Federation Council shall be provided by the Executive Office of the Federation Council. The Executive Office of the Federation Council is a state body and has the rights of a legal entity.

(Part 1 as amended by Resolution No. 341-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 10 July 2013).

2. The structure of the Executive Office of the Federation Council shall be approved by the Speaker of the Federation Council.

3. The Rules of Procedure on the Executive Office of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation shall be approved by the Council of the Chamber based on a recommendation from the Speaker of the Federation Council.

 

Article 97. Objectives of the Executive Office of the Federation Council

 

The main objectives of the Executive Office of the Federation Council are:

a) legal, informational, organizational, analytical, documentary, personnel, financial, logistical, and economic support for the activities of the Federation Council and its bodies as well as members of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014);

b) legal, organizational, and documentation support for the conciliation procedures used to resolve disagreements that have arisen between the Federation Council and the State Duma, the President of the Russian Federation, and the Government of the Russian Federation;

c) legal, organizational, informational, analytical, protocol as well as passport and visa support for interparliamentary relations (as amended by Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014);

d) organizational, informational, and documentation support for the work of members of the Federation Council with individual and collective appeals from citizens that have been received by the Federation Council (clause d introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 20-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 9 February 2005).

 

Article 98. Overall structure of the Executive Office of the Federation Council

 

The Executive Office of the Federation Council shall be comprised of the Secretariat of the Speaker of the Federation Council, the Secretariat of the First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council, the Secretariats of the Deputy Speakers of the Federation Council, the central offices of committees of the Federation Council, and offices (as amended by Resolutions No. 152 of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004, No. 149-SF dated 152-SF dated 29 April 2009, No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011, and No. 127-SF dated 16 April 2014).

 

Article 99. Activities of the Executive Office of the Federation Council

 

1. The Executive Office of the Federation Council shall be guided in its activities by the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the legislation of the Russian Federation, the decisions of the Federation Council,­ these Rules of Procedure, the Rules of Procedure on the Executive Office of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, and the directives of the Speaker of the Federation Council.

2. The Executive Office of the Federation Council shall be subordinate to the Federation Council and the Speaker of the Federation Council.

3. Financial and logistical support for the activities of the Executive Office of the Federation Council, the amount of remuneration and the conditions of material and personal security for its employees as well as other expenses on their for their benefits shall be determined within the limits of the expenditures earmarked by the federal budget.

 

Article 100. Central office of a committee of the Federation Council

1. The central office of a committee of the Federation Council shall provide legal, organizational, informational, and documentary support for the activities of the relevant committee of the Federation Council, parliamentary hearings, and other events conducted by the relevant committee of the chamber. The activities of subcommittees shall be supported by the central office of the relevant committee of the Federation Council.

2. The central office of a committee of the Federation Council shall participate in preparing materials required for the drafting and consideration of bills, draft decisions of a committee of the chamber, and conclusions on laws to be considered by the committee in accordance with its jurisdiction, organizing and conducting conciliation proceedings in connection with the rejection by the Federation Council of the draft laws of the Russian Federation on amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation and draft federal constitutional laws as well as the rejection by the Federation Council and the President of the Russian Federation of federal laws, and in preparing for parliamentary hearings and other events, handle the document management of the committee, prepare and distribute the necessary materials for members of the committee and certificates, and handle the technical preparation of the committee’s documents.

3. The chief of the central office of a committee of the Federation Council shall be appointed and dismissed by the Speaker of the Federation Council based on a coordinated recommendation from the chairperson of the relevant committee of the chamber and the Secretary General of the Federation Council.

4. The work plans of the central office of a committee of the Federation Council and reports shall be considered at sittings of the relevant committee of the chamber.

(Part 4 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 556-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 15 December 2010).

(Article 100 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 101. Support for the activities of interim commissions of the Federation Council

Support for the activities of interim commissions of the Federation Council shall be provided by the central offices of committees of the Federation Council whose jurisdiction includes issues associated with managing interim commissions determined by the Federation Council during their establishment as well as other structural units of the Executive Office of the Federation Council falling within their competence (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 102. Secretary General of the Federation Council

1. The Secretary General of the Federation Council shall manage the work of the Executive Office of the Federation Council.

2. The Secretary General of the Federation Council shall be appointed and dismissed by the Speaker of the Federation Council. The appointment and dismissal of the Secretary General of the Federation Council shall be coordinated by the Speaker of the Federation Council with the Council of the Chamber and documented by directives of the Speaker of the Federation Council.

3. The Secretary General of the Federation Council shall be personally responsible for performing the tasks assigned to the Executive Office of the Federation Council.

 

 

PART TWO

 

PARTICIPATION OF THE FEDERATION COUNCIL IN LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES

Chapter 12

PROCEDURE FOR THE CONSIDERATION BY THE FEDERATION COUNCIL OF A FEDERAL LAW ADOPTED BY THE STATE DUMA

Article 103. Acceptance of a federal law for consideration in the Federation Council

1. In accordance with Part 3, Article 105 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, a federal law adopted by the State Duma shall be submitted to the Federation Council for consideration within five days.

2. Along with the federal law adopted by the State Duma, a resolution of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (hereinafter referred to as the resolution of the State Duma) shall be sent to the Federation Council on the adoption of the federal law, the transcript of the sitting of the State Duma, and the documents and materials which were presented for the submission of the bill to the State Duma.

Along with the federal law adopted by the State Duma on matters of joint jurisdiction of the Russian Federation and the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, information shall be sent to the Federation Council on the position of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation on this federal law (paragraph 2 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 25-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 12 February 2003).

3. The federal law received from the State Duma shall be registered with the Federation Council within one hour and shall be sent to all members of the Federation Council with the accompanying documents and materials within a period not exceeding 24 hours. Additional documents and materials received from the State Duma accompanying the federal law shall be registered with the Federation Council and considered at a sitting of the chamber together with this federal law.

4. The absence of a conclusion of the Government of the Russian Federation in the documents and materials accompanying federal laws received from the State Duma on the introduction or abolition of taxes, exemption from payment of taxes, issuance of state loans, or changes in financial obligations of the state and other federal laws that envisage expenses covered by the federal budget may serve as grounds for the Federation Council to reject these federal laws.

5. The fourteen-day period established by Part 4, Article 105 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation during which the Federation Council must consider a federal law received from the State Duma shall be calculated from the day following the day of the registration of this federal law in the Federation Council.

6. If a federal law subject to mandatory consideration by the Federation Council in accordance with Article 106 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation was received by the Federation Council less than five business days prior to the regular sitting of the Federation Council, it shall be accepted for consideration and not be considered at this sitting of the chamber. A federal law may be considered based on the decision of the Speaker of the Federation Council or the Council of the Chamber at a regular sitting of the Federation Council.

The inclusion of the relevant issue in the agenda of a sitting of the chamber or the issuance of the relevant directive by the Speaker of the Federation Council shall mark the start of the consideration in the Federation Council of a federal law subject to mandatory consideration by the Federation Council in accordance with Article 106 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation.

(Part 6 as amended by Resolution No. 85-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 March 2006).

7. Following the receipt and registration in the Federation Council of a federal law adopted by the State Duma, the Speaker of the Federation Council or, based on the Chairperson’s instructions, the First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council or a Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council shall determine the committee of the chamber responsible for the consideration of the federal law in consultation with the chairpersons of the committees of the Federation Council and send the federal law to this committee as well as to the Legal Department of the Executive Office of the Federation Council within a period not exceeding 24 hours for the preparation of conclusions (as amended by Resolutions No. 25-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 12 February 2003; No. 152-SF dated 26 May 2004; No. 149-SF dated 29 April 2009; and No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011).

8. The Speaker of the Federation Council, First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council, or a Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council may transfer a federal law for the preparation of a conclusion to multiple committees of the Federation Council while identifying the committee responsible for considering the federal law and the committees of the Federation Council that are co-authors (as amended by Resolutions No. 152-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004; No. 149-SF dated 29 April 2009; and No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011).

9. As a rule, a period of at least 72 hours from the time the Federation Council receives a federal law adopted by the State Duma shall be set for the committee of the Federation Council that is responsible for reviewing the federal law and the Legal Department of the Executive Office of the Federation Council in order to prepare conclusions.

(Part 9 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 25-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 12 February 2003; as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 104. Discussion of a federal law in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation

 

Members of the Federation Council may organize a discussion of a federal law in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation and, if there are any comments on the federal law, send them to the committee of the Federation Council responsible for considering the federal law (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 105. Preliminary consideration of a federal law by a committee of the Federation Council

 

1. A committee of the Federation Council that is responsible for the consideration of a federal law shall preliminarily consider a federal law adopted by the State Duma and adopt a conclusion on it.

2. The preliminary consideration by a committee of the Federation Council of a federal law adopted by the State Duma shall be conducted in an open manner. The committee may invite the initiator of the bill, scientists and specialists in the role of experts as well as representatives of the media to its sittings.

When considering a federal law that was the subject of a public expert examination, members of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation authorized by the Council of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation shall be given the floor to speak (paragraph 2 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 149-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 April 2009).

3. A conclusion on a federal law under consideration shall be adopted through open voting by a majority vote of the total number of members of the committee of the Federation Council.

4. If a federal law is sent to multiple committees of the Federation Council to prepare an opinion, the committee of the Federation Council that is a co-author shall submit its conclusion to the committee of the Federation Council that is responsible for considering the federal law, as a rule prior to the start of the sitting of this committee (as amended by Resolution No. 85-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 March 2006).

5. The conclusion of the Legal Department of the Executive Office of the Federation Council on the federal law under consideration shall be submitted to the committee of the Federation Council that is responsible for the consideration of the federal law no later than 24 hours prior to the start of the sitting of the committee.

(Part 5 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 25-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 12 February 2003).

(Article 105 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 106. Conclusion of a committee of the Federation Council on a federal law

 

1. The conclusion of the committee of the Federation Council that is responsible for considering a federal law adopted by the State Duma must contain:

an indication whether the federal law under consideration is subject to mandatory review by the Federation Council in accordance with Article 106 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation;

when considering a federal law pertaining to subjects of joint jurisdiction of the Russian Federation and the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, the generalized position of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation that adopted the relevant decisions and sent them to the Federation Council;

information about amendments of the Federation Council and members of the Federation Council to the draft federal law under consideration that were accepted (rejected) by the State Duma;

(paragraph 5 excluded in accordance with Resolution No. 110-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 17 April 2013);

assessment of the political, legal, and socioeconomic consequences of the implementation of the federal law.

The conclusion of the committee of the Federation Council shall reflect the results of an anti-corruption expert examination conducted in accordance with clause a1, Part 1, Article 27 of these Rules of Procedure.

2. The conclusion of the committee of the Federation Council responsible for considering a federal law adopted by the State Duma that is subject to mandatory consideration by the Federation Council shall formulate one of the following decisions:

a) to recommend that the Federation Council approve a federal law adopted by the State Duma;

b) to recommend that the Federation Council reject a federal law adopted by the State Duma. In this case, the conclusion shall state the reasons based on which the chamber’s committee considers it necessary to reject the law.

3. The conclusion of the committee of the Federation Council responsible for considering a federal law adopted by the State Duma that is not subject to mandatory consideration by the Federation Council shall formulate one of the following decisions:

a) to recommend that the Federation Council not consider a federal law adopted by the State Duma at its sitting and send it to the President of the Russian Federation;

b) to recommend that the Federation Council consider a federal law adopted by the State Duma at its sitting.

4. The conclusion of the committee of the Federation Council responsible for considering a federal law adopted by the State Duma shall indicate the position of the committees of the Federation Council that are co-authors.

5. The conclusion of the committee of the Federation Council responsible for considering a federal law adopted by the State Duma shall be submitted to the Speaker of the Federation Council.

(Article 106 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 107. Consideration of a federal law at a sitting of the Federation Council

1. The consideration at a sitting of the Federation Council of a federal law adopted by the State Duma shall begin with a report by a representative of the committee of the Federation Council tasked with reviewing the federal law, who shall inform the chamber about the committee’s position. The report shall not exceed the time limit of 10 minutes. A representative of a committee of the Federation Council that co-authored the federal law under consideration may present a co-report of no more than five minutes. If the draft federal law was introduced to the State Duma by a member (members) of the Federation Council, the consideration of the federal law at a sitting of the Federation Council may begin with a report by a member of the Federation Council. The report shall not exceed the time limit of five minutes. A representative of the Federation Council committee tasked with reviewing the federal law shall present a co-report of no more than five minutes. A representative of a committee of the Federation Council that co-authored the federal law under consideration may also speak at the sitting for no more than five minutes. The floor may be yielded to a representative of the Government of the Russian Federation to deliver a presentation of no more than five minutes. The opinion of the Legal Department of the Executive Office of the Federation Council on a federal law under consideration shall be submitted to members of the Federation Council in writing (Paragraph 1 as amended by Resolution No. 83-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 March 2019).

If the Federation Council receives a conclusion from the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation on the results of a public expert examination of a federal law under consideration, the conclusion shall be subject to mandatory consideration at a sitting of the Federation Council. Members of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation authorized by the Council of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation shall­ be given the floor to speak during the consideration of a federal law that was the subject of a public expert examination if:

the federal law governs the issues specified in Part 5, Article 18 of the Federal Law “On the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation”;

the federal law contains norms that envisage the grounds and/or procedure and/or conditions for providing certain categories of citizens of the Russian Federation with social support measures for which regulatory legal acts of the Government of the Russian Federation need to be adopted (except for the federal law on the federal budget for the next year and for the planned period and the federal law on the execution of the federal budget for the preceding year and the planned period) (as amended by Resolutions No. 375-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 12 November 2008, No. 149-SF dated 29 April 2009, and No. 52-SF dated 10 February 2016).

Following a presentation by a representative of the Government of the Russian Federation, the Federation Council shall decide by a majority of votes of the total number of members of the Federation Council whether to approve or reject the federal law without a discussion or to discuss it at a sitting of the chamber.

Up to 3 minutes shall be allotted to speak in debates on a federal law under discussion (paragraph 6 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 52-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 10 February 2016).

(Part 1 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

2. The floor may be yielded to the official representative of the President of the Russian Federation or the official representative of the Government of the Russian Federation during consideration of this federal law by the chambers of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (as amended by Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014).

3. Following a discussion of a federal law adopted by the State Duma, the Federation Council shall adopt one of the following decisions:

a) to approve a federal law adopted by the State Duma;

b) to reject a federal law passed by the State Duma.

4. A federal law shall be considered approved if more than half of the total number of members of the Federation Council vote for its approval. The decision to approve the federal law shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

4.

5. Following the consideration of a federal law that is adopted by the State Duma and is subject to mandatory review by the Federation Council in accordance with Article 106 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the chair shall hold a vote on whether to approve the federal law. In the event of insufficient preparations for the consideration of the federal law, in particular the absence of a transcript of the sitting of the State Duma, the documents and materials that were submitted when the bill was submitted to the State Duma, the conclusion of the Government of the Russian Federation specified in Part 4, Article 103 of these Rules of Procedure, the conclusion of a committee of the Federation Council responsible for considering the federal law, the conclusion of the Legal Department of the Executive Office of the Federation Council, or a draft resolution of the Federation Council, the chamber may decide to postpone the consideration of the federal law until the next sitting of the Federation Council. This decision shall be adopted by a majority vote of the total number of members of the Federation Council who took part in the voting, but no less than

one-quarter of the total number of members of the Federation Council. If this decision is not adopted, the chair must hold a vote on whether to approve the federal law.

(Part 5 as amended by Resolutions No. 73-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 2 March 2007 and No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011).

6. If the decision is adopted to postpone the consideration of a federal law adopted by the State Duma that is subject to mandatory consideration by the Federation Council in accordance with Article 106 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation until the next sitting of the Federation Council, its consideration must be completed at the next sitting of the Federation Council with the adoption of a decision on whether to approve or reject this federal law. Based on the results of consideration, the chair must hold a vote on whether to approve the federal law.

7. The decision to reject a federal law adopted by the State Duma that is submitted for consideration by the Federation Council and is not subject to mandatory consideration by the Federation Council in accordance with Article 106 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation must be adopted prior to the expiry of the fourteen-day deadline calculated in accordance with Part 5, Article 103 of these Rules of Procedure.

8. A federal law shall be considered rejected unless the required number of members of the Federation Council voted for its approval. The decision to reject a federal law shall documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

 

Article 108. Special aspects of the consideration of a federal law not subject to mandatory consideration by the Federation Council

 

If the fourteen-day deadline for the consideration of a federal law that is not subject to mandatory consideration by the Federation Council expires before a regular sitting of the Federation Council, the Council of the Chamber may adopt one of the following decisions:

a) instruct the Speaker of the Federation Council to send a federal law that is deemed to have been approved by the Federation Council in accordance with Part 4, Article 105 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation to the President of the Russian Federation for signing and publication;

b) instruct the Speaker of the Federation Council to convene an extraordinary sitting of the Federation Council to consider a federal law on which the committees of the Federation Council have comments (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

(Article 108 as amended by Resolution No. 85-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 March 2006).

 

Article 109. Rejection of a federal law by the Federation Council

 

1. A resolution of the Federation Council on the rejection of a federal law adopted by the State Duma may contain:

a) a proposal to establish a conciliation commission to overcome differences between the Federation Council and the State Duma;

b) instructions for the committee of the Federation Council responsible for considering the federal law and the co-chairperson of the conciliation commission from the Federation Council to prepare and send to the State Duma amendments to the federal law rejected by the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

The justification of the decision to reject a federal law adopted by the State Duma may be documented in the form of an explanatory note to a resolution of the Federation Council with an indication of the provisions of the federal law on which the disagreements between the Federation Council and the State Duma must be overcome.

2. A resolution of the Federation Council on the rejection of a federal law adopted by the State Duma shall be sent to the State Duma along with the federal law within five days from the date of adoption of the decision of the Speaker of the Federation Council.

3. The Speaker of the Federation Council may inform the President of the Russian Federation about the reasons for the rejection of a federal law by the Federation Council.

(Part 3 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 260-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 6 July 2007).

 

Article 110. Sending of a federal law approved by the Federation Council to the President of the Russian Federation for signing and official publication

1. A federal law adopted by the State Duma and approved by the Federation Council and a resolution of the Federation Council shall be sent to the President of the Russian Federation for signing and official publication within five days from the date of the adoption of the resolution of the Speaker of the Federation Council.

A resolution of the Federation Council on the approval of a federal law shall also be sent to the State Duma.

2. A federal law adopted by the State Duma and approved by the Federation Council without consideration shall be sent to the President of the Russian Federation for signing and official publication with notification provided to the State Duma upon conclusion of the fourteen-day deadline calculated in accordance with Part 5, Article 103 of these Rules of Procedure (as amended by Resolution No. 254-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 May 2002).

 

Chapter 13

PROCEDURE FOR OVERCOMING DISAGREEMENTS THAT ARISE BETWEEN THE FEDERATION COUNCIL AND THE STATE DUMA IN CONNECTION WITH THE REJECTION BY THE FEDERATION COUNCIL OF A FEDERAL LAW ADOPTED BY THE STATE DUMA

 

Article 111. Conciliation commission

 

1. A conciliation commission may be established in order to overcome disagreements that arise in connection with the rejection by the Federation Council of a federal law adopted by the State Duma.

2. A conciliation commission shall be established both at the initiative of the Federation Council supported by the State Duma as well as the initiative of the State Duma supported by the Federation Council.

3. If when rejecting a federal law the Federation Council did not appeal to the State Duma with a proposal to establish a conciliation commission, and the State Duma, for its part, appealed to the Federation Council with a proposal to establish a conciliation commission to overcome disagreements that arose concerning this federal law, this initiative of the State Duma shall be subject to mandatory consideration at the next sitting of the Federation Council.

4. The decision to establish a conciliation commission and elect members of the conciliation commission and its co-chairperson from the Federation Council shall be adopted at a sitting of the chamber by a majority vote of the total number of members of the Federation Council and documented by a resolution of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 356-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 9 July 2014).

5. A conciliation commission shall be established on a parity basis from members of the Federation Council and deputies of the State Duma in the manner prescribed by these Rules of Procedure and the Rules of Procedure of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation. A conciliation commission shall terminate its activities after the Federation Council has decided whether to approve or reject the federal law for which it was established to overcome disagreements.

6. If the Federation Council rejects the initiative of the State Duma to establish a conciliation commission, the federal law shall be deemed rejected by the Federation Council as a whole.

 

Article 112. Delegation from the Federation Council on a conciliation commission

1. At least three members of the Federation Council shall be elected as members of a conciliation commission and its co-chairperson from the Federation Council and shall form the delegation from the Federation Council in the conciliation commission.

2. Only a member of the Federation Council may be a member of a conciliation commission from the Federation Council.

3. (Part 3 excluded in accordance with Resolution No. 356-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 9 July 2014).

4. The resolution of the Federation Council on the election of the members of the conciliation commission and its co-chairperson from the Federation Council shall be sent to the State Duma within five days from the date of its adoption.

5. In the event of the termination (early termination) of the powers of a member of the Federation Council who is a member of the conciliation commission, the member shall withdraw from the commission without the adoption of a special decision by the Federation Council. The Federation Council shall elect a new member of the conciliation commission to replace the departing member of the conciliation commission in the manner prescribed by Parts 2–4 of this article.

6. The co-chairperson of the conciliation commission from the Federation Council shall:

decide together with the co-chairperson of the conciliation commission from the State Duma on the time and place of sittings of the conciliation commission;

submit proposals to the Federation Council on changes to the members of the delegation from the Federation Council in the conciliation commission and on the refusal of the Federation Council to participate in the work of the conciliation commission;

sign the protocol and comparative table of articles of the federal law to which changes were made together with the co-chairperson of the conciliation commission from the State Duma;

have the right to present the conciliation commission’s wording of a federal law adopted by the State Duma at a sitting of the Federation Council.

(Part 6 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 19-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 6 February 2013).

 

Article 113. Rules of procedure of a delegation from the Federation Council on a conciliation commission

1. Members of a conciliation commission from the Federation Council must attend its sittings and inform the co-chairperson of the conciliation commission from the Federation Council in advance if they are unable to attend a sitting for a good reason.

2. In exceptional cases, a member of a conciliation commission of the Federation Council may transfer a decisive vote on all matters considered by the conciliation commission to another member of the conciliation commission from the Federation Council given the existence of a power of attorney issued in accordance with the appendix to these Rules of Procedure. Each member of the conciliation commission may be given no more than one power of attorney (as amended by Resolution No. 20-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 9 February 2005).

3. Members of the Federation Council who are not members of a conciliation commission may attend its sittings and express their opinion on the essence of the issues discussed.

4. Support for the activities of a delegation from the Federation Council on a conciliation commission shall be provided by the central offices of committees of the Federation Council that prepared conclusions on a federal law adopted by the State Duma and rejected by the Federation Council as well as other structural units of the Executive Office of the Federation Council within their jurisdiction (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 114. Rules of procedure of a conciliation commission

1. A conciliation commission shall only consider the provisions of the federal law on which there were disagreements between the Federation Council and the State Duma while seeking to come up with coordinated proposals in the form of a single text of the relevant sections, chapters, and articles as well as the parts and clauses of articles and other structural units of the federal law under consideration.

2. Decisions of a conciliation commission shall be adopted by the separate voting of the delegations from the Federation Council and the State Duma. The delegation from the Federation Council on the conciliation commission shall adopt decisions via open voting with a majority vote of the total number of members of the delegation.

A decision shall be considered adopted if both delegations voted for its adoption.

3. When adopting a decision, the delegation from the Federation Council on the conciliation commission may vote for proposals on the wording of the relevant sections, chapters, and articles as well as parts and clauses of articles and other structural units of the federal law under consideration that differ from the proposals of the Federation Council.

4. Upon concluding its work, the conciliation commission shall prepare a protocol to record the proposals on overcoming the differences that arose or justify the conciliation commission’s inability to overcome such differences and a comparative table of articles of the articles of the federal law to which changes were made. The protocol of the conciliation commission shall be prepared in two copies each of which has the same legal force and be submitted to the Federation Council and the State Duma, respectively.

 

Article 115 Consideration of a protocol of a conciliation commission of the Federation Council

1. If the State Duma rejects one or more proposals of a conciliation commission after considering the protocol of the conciliation commission and suggests the Federation Council continue the work of the conciliation commission, the Federation Council may decide to extend the term of the conciliation commission or refuse to participate in its work.

2. If the protocol of a conciliation commission contains a justification for the inability of the members of the conciliation commission to overcome disagreements that have arisen, it shall be referred to the Federation Council and the State Duma for consideration.

3. The protocol of the conciliation commission containing the justification of the inability to overcome disagreements that have arisen concerning the federal law shall be considered at the next sitting of the Federation Council. The Federation Council may adopt one of the following decisions:

a) amend the proposals of the Federation Council based on the wording of the separate provisions of the federal law;

b) change the members of the delegation from the Federation Council on the conciliation commission;

c) refuse to participate in the work of the conciliation commission.

4. The decision shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council, which shall be sent to the State Duma within five days from the date of its adoption.

 

Chapter 14

PROCEDURE FOR THE RE-CONSIDERATION BY THE FEDERATION COUNCIL OF A FEDERAL LAW REJECTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

 

(name of the chapter as amended by Resolution No. 47-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 1 March 2017)

Article 116. Acceptance of a federal law for re-consideration in the Federation Council

1. A federal law that has been rejected by the President of the Russian Federation and approved by the State Duma during the re-consideration of the previously adopted wording shall be sent to the Federation Council.

2. Along with the text of the federal law rejected by the President of the Russian Federation and approved by the State Duma in its previously adopted wording, a letter from the President of the Russian Federation, the resolution of the State Duma on the re-consideration of the federal law, the transcript of the sitting of the State Duma at which the federal law rejected by the Russian Federation was re-considered, and the conclusion of the committee(s) of the State Duma on the letter of the President of the Russian Federation shall be sent to the Federation Council.

3. A federal law rejected by the President of the Russian Federation and approved by the State Duma in its previously adopted wording shall be sent along with the accompanying documents and materials by the Speaker of the Federation Council or, at the Chairperson’s request, by the First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council or a Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council to the committee of the Federation Council that had previously given its opinion as well as members of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolutions No. 152 of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004, No. 149-SF dated 152-SF dated 29 April 2009, and No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011).

4. (Part 4 excluded in accordance with Resolution No. 47-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 1 March 2017).

 

Article 117 Re-consideration of a federal law by a committee of the Federation Council

1. The committee of the Federation Council that previously gave an opinion on a federal law that was rejected by the President of the Russian Federation shall consider the remarks in the letter of the President of the Russian Federation as well as the text of the federal law approved by the State Duma upon re-consideration in its previously adopted wording and adopt a second conclusion on it.

2. If a conclusion on a federal law was previously prepared by multiple committees of the Federation Council, the second conclusion shall be prepared by the same committees in the manner prescribed by these Rules of Procedure.

(Article 117 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 118. Inclusion of the re-consideration of a federal law in the agenda of a sitting of the Federation Council

 

The issue of the re-consideration of a federal law rejected by the President of the Russian Federation and approved by the State Duma in its previously adopted wording shall be included in the draft agenda of a sitting of the Federation Council in the manner envisaged by Article 42 of these Rules of Procedure.

 

Article 119. Re-consideration of a federal law at a sitting of the Federation Council

1. When re-considering a federal law rejected by the President of the Russian Federation and approved by the State Duma in its previously adopted wording, the Federation Council may:

a) hold a vote on the issue of approving the federal law in its previously adopted wording without discussion;

b) hold a discussion on the federal law.

2. Based on the results of the consideration of a federal law rejected by the President of the Russian Federation and approved by the State Duma in its previously adopted wording, the chair shall hold a vote on its approval. In the event of insufficient preparations for the consideration of the federal law, the Federation Council may decide to postpone its consideration until the next sitting of the chamber. This decision shall be adopted by a majority vote by the total number of members of the Federation Council who took part in the voting, but no less than one-quarter of the total number of members of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 73-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 2 March 2007). If this decision is not adopted, the chair must hold a vote on the approval of the federal law.

3. If the decision is adopted to postpone the re-consideration of a federal law rejected by the President of the Russian Federation and approved by the State Duma in its previously adopted wording until the next sitting of the Federation Council, its consideration must be completed at a regular sitting of the Federation Council with the adoption of a decision to approve or reject this federal law. Based on the results of the consideration, the chair must hold a vote on whether to approve the federal law.

4. (Part 4 excluded in accordance with Resolution No. 47-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 1 March 2017).

 

Article 120. Approval or rejection by the Federation Council during re-consideration

1. In the event of the re-consideration by the Federation Council of a federal law rejected by the President of the Russian Federation and approved by the State Duma in its previously adopted wording, it shall be considered approved by the Federation Council in its previously adopted wording if a decision on this was adopted by a majority of at least two-thirds of the total number of members of the Federation Council.

2. If less than two-thirds of the total number of members of the Federation Council voted to approve this federal law during its re-consideration, the federal law shall be deemed to have been rejected by the chamber.

3. The decision of the Federation Council to reject or approve a federal law in its previously adopted wording that was rejected by the President of the Russian Federation and approved by the State Duma in its previously adopted wording shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

4. A federal law approved by the Federation Council and the State Duma in its previously adopted wording and a resolution of the Federation Council on its approval shall be sent to the President of the Russian Federation for signature and official publication within five days from the date of adoption of the resolution by the Speaker of the Federation Council.

5. A resolution of the Federation Council on the rejection of this federal law shall be sent to the State Duma along with the federal law within five days from the date of adoption of the decision by the Speaker of the Federation Council.

 

Article 1201. Participation of the Federation Council in the work of a special commission established by the State Duma

1. If the State Duma decides to establish a special commission on a federal law that has been rejected by the President of the Russian Federation (hereinafter referred to as a special commission), the issue of the Federation Council’s participation in the work of the special commission shall be considered at the next sitting of the Federation Council.

2. A decision on participation in the work of a special commission and the election of a co-chairperson from the Federation Council and members of the Federation Council to the commission shall be adopted by a majority vote of the total number of members of the Federation Council and be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council, which shall be sent to the State Duma within five days from the date of its adoption.

3. In the event of the termination (early termination) of the powers of a member of the Federation Council who is a member of a special commission, the Federation Council shall elect a new member of the special commission at the next sitting of the chamber in the manner prescribed by Part 2 of this article.

4. Support for the activities of members of the Federation Council on a special commission shall be provided by the central offices of the committees of the Federation Council that are responsible for considering the federal law as well as other structural units of the Executive Office of the Federation Council.

(Article 1201 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 47-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 1 March 2017).

 

Article 1202. Re-consideration of a federal law adopted by the State Duma using the wording of a special commission or in the working of the President of the Russian Federation

If a federal law rejected by the President of the Russian Federation is adopted in the wording of a special commission or in the wording of the President of the Russian Federation during re-consideration by the State Duma, this federal law shall be considered by the Federation Council as newly adopted.

(Article 1202 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 47-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 1 March 2017).

 

Chapter 15

PROCEDURE FOR THE CONSIDERATION BY THE FEDERATION COUNCIL OF A FEDERAL CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

 

Article 121. Conditions for the adoption of a federal constitutional law

 

A federal constitutional law shall be considered adopted if the federal constitutional law approved by the State Duma received by the Federation Council is approved by a majority of at least three-fourths of the total number of members of the Federation Council.

 

Article 122. Acceptance by the Federation Council of a federal constitutional law adopted by the State Duma for consideration

1. A federal constitutional law approved by the State Duma shall be submitted to the Federation Council for consideration.

2. A federal constitutional law approved by the State Duma shall be sent to the Federation Council along with a resolution of the State Duma on the approval of the federal constitutional law, a transcript of the sitting of the State Duma as well as documents and materials that were submitted when the bill was submitted to the State Duma.

3. If a federal constitutional law envisages expenses covered by the federal budget, the corresponding conclusion of the Government of the Russian Federation must be sent to the Federation Council. The absence of this conclusion may serve as grounds for rejecting the federal constitutional law.

4. A federal constitutional law approved by the State Duma that is received from the State Duma shall be registered with the Federation Council within one hour and shall be sent to all members of the Federation Council with the accompanying documents and materials within a period not exceeding 24 hours. Additional documents and materials received from the State Duma accompanying the federal constitutional law shall be registered with the Federation Council and considered at a sitting of the chamber together with this federal constitutional law.

5. The committee of the Federation Council responsible for considering a federal constitutional law shall be determined by the Speaker of the Federation Council or, based on the Chairperson’s instructions, by the First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council or a Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolutions No. 152 of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004, No. 149-SF dated 152-SF dated 29 April 2009, and No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011).

6. The Speaker of the Federation Council, the First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council or a Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council may transfer a federal constitutional law to multiple committees of the Federation Council upon determining the committee responsible for considering the federal constitutional law (as amended by Resolutions No. 152 of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004, No. 149-SF dated 152-SF dated 29 April 2009, and No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 123. Discussion of a federal constitutional law in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation

Members of the Federation Council may organize a discussion of a federal constitutional law in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation and, if there are comments, send them to the committee of the Federation Council responsible for considering the federal constitutional law (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 124. Preliminary consideration of a federal constitutional law by a committee of the Federation Council

1. The committee of the Federation Council responsible for considering a federal constitutional law approved by the State Duma shall prepare a conclusion in the manner prescribed by these Rules of Procedure for federal laws.

2. The official opinion of the Government of the Russian Federation about a federal constitutional law being considered by the Federation Council shall be subject to announcement or distribution at a sitting of the committee of the Federation Council.

3. The committee of the Federation Council responsible for considering a federal constitutional law may adopt one of the following decisions:

a) recommend that the Federation Council approve the federal constitutional law approved by the State Duma;

b) recommend that the Federation Council reject the federal constitutional law approved by the State Duma.

(Article 124 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 125. Consideration of a federal constitutional law at a sitting of the Federation Council

1. The consideration of a federal constitutional law approved by the State Duma at a sitting of the Federation Council shall begin with a report by a representative of the committee of the Federation Council tasked with reviewing the federal constitutional law, who shall inform the chamber of the committee’s position. A co-report may be made by a representative of a committee of the Federation Council who co-authored the federal constitutional law under consideration. If the draft of the approved federal constitutional law was submitted to the State Duma by a member (members) of the Federation Council, the consideration of the federal constitutional law at a sitting of the Federation Council may begin with a report by a member of the Federation Council. A representative of the Federation Council committee tasked with reviewing the federal constitutional law shall present a co-report. A representative of a committee of the Federation Council that co-authored the federal law under consideration may also speak at the sitting. The floor may be yielded to a representative of the Government of the Russian Federation to deliver a presentation. The opinion of the Legal Department of the Executive Office of the Federation Council on a federal constitutional law under consideration shall be submitted to members of the Federation Council in writing (Paragraph 1 as amended by Resolution No. 83-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 March 2019).

If the Federation Council receives a conclusion from the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation on the results of a public expert examination of a federal constitutional law under consideration, the conclusion shall be subject to mandatory consideration at a sitting of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 375-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 12 November 2008).

The floor may be yielded to the official representative of the President of the Russian Federation or the official representative of the Government of the Russian Federation to provide answers to questions when the chambers of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation consider the issue of this federal constitutional law (as amended by Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014).

Members of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation authorized by the Council of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation shall be given the floor to speak during the consideration of a federal constitutional law that was the subject of a public expert examination (paragraph 4 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 149-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 April 2009).

(Part 1 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

2. Following the consideration of a federal constitutional law that is adopted by the State Duma, the chair shall hold a vote on whether to approve it. A federal constitutional law approved by the State Duma shall be considered approved by the Federation Council if at least three-fourths of the total members of the Federation Council voted for its approval. The decision to approve a federal constitutional law shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

A federal constitutional law approved by the State Duma and the Federation Council shall be considered adopted with an indication of this made in the same resolution of the Federation Council.

3. A federal constitutional law approved by the State Duma shall be deemed rejected by the Federation Council unless the required number of members of the Federation Council voted for its approval. The decision to reject a federal constitutional law shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

4. In the event of insufficient preparations for the consideration of a federal constitutional, the Federation Council may decide to postpone the consideration of the federal law until the next sitting of the Federation Council. This decision shall be adopted by a majority vote of the total number of members of the Federation Council who took part in the voting, but no less than one-quarter of the total number of members of the Federation Council. If this decision is not adopted, the chair must hold a vote on whether to approve the federal law (as amended by Resolution No. 73-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 2 March 2007).

If the decision is adopted to postpone the consideration of a federal constitutional law until the next sitting of the Federation Council, its consideration must be completed at the next sitting of the Federation Council with the adoption of a decision on whether to approve or reject this federal constitutional law.

 

Article 126. Rejection of a federal constitutional law approved by the State Duma

1. A resolution of the Federation Council on the rejection of a federal constitutional law approved by the State Duma may contain:

a) a list of sections, chapters, and articles as well as parts and clauses of articles and other structural units of this federal constitutional law on which differences that have arisen between the Federation Council and the State Duma must be overcome;

b) a justification of the decision to reject the federal constitutional law;

c) a proposal to the State Duma to endorse the method and procedure for overcoming the disagreements that have arisen.

2. A resolution of the Federation Council on the rejection of a federal constitutional law approved by the State Duma may contain the proposed wording of sections, chapters, and articles as well as parts and clauses of articles and other structural units of this federal constitutional law on which differences that have arisen between the Federation Council and the State Duma must be overcome.

3. A resolution of the Federation Council on the rejection of a federal constitutional law approved by the State Duma shall be sent to the State Duma along with the federal constitutional law within five days from the date of adoption of the resolution.

 

Article 127. Sending of an adopted federal constitutional law to the President of the Russian Federation for signing and official publication

A federal constitutional law that has been adopted shall be sent along with a resolution of the Federation Council to the President of the Russian Federation for signing and official publication within five days from the date of the adoption of the resolution of the Speaker of the Federation Council.

 

Article 128. Procedure for overcoming disagreements that arise between the Federation Council and the State Duma in connection with the rejection by the Federation Council of a federal constitutional law approved by the State Duma

1. A conciliation commission may be established in order to overcome disagreements that arise in connection with the rejection by the Federation Council of a federal constitutional law approved by the State Duma.

2. The procedure for establishing a conciliation commission, the work of a delegation from the Federation Council on the commission, and the adoption of decisions by members of the Federation Council who are part of the delegation from the chamber shall correspond to the procedure established by Chapter 13 of these Rules of Procedure.

3. A federal constitutional law approved by the State Duma shall be considered by the Federation Council taking into account the proposals of the conciliation commission in the manner prescribed by Articles 122–126 of these Rules of Procedure.

 

Chapter 16

PROCEDURE FOR THE CONSIDERATION BY THE FEDERATION COUNCIL OF MATTERS RELATED TO THE ADOPTION AND ENACTMENT OF A LAW OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION ON AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

Article 129. Obligation for the consideration in the Federation Council of a draft law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation

In accordance with Articles 108 and 136 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, a draft law of the Russian Federation approved by the State Duma on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation shall be subject to mandatory consideration by the Federation Council.

Article 130. Acceptance of a draft law of the Russian Federation approved by the State Duma on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation for consideration in the Federation Council

1. A draft law of the Russian Federation approved by the State Duma on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation shall be sent to the Federation Council within the period established by the Federal Law “On the Procedure for the Adoption and Enactment of Amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation”.

2. A draft law of the Russian Federation approved by the State Duma on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation shall be registered with the Federation Council within one hour and sent to all members of the Federation Council within a period not exceeding 24 hours along with the accompanying documents and materials.

3. The Speaker of the Federation Council or, based on the Chairperson’s instructions, the First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council or a Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council shall send a draft law of the Russian Federation approved by the State Duma on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation to the Committee of the Federation Council on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building, which is responsible for its consideration in the Federation Council. The Speaker of the Federation Council, the First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council, or a Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council may send a draft law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation to multiple committees of the Federation Council that are co-authors.

(Part 3 as amended by Resolutions No. 152 of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004, No. 149-SF dated 152-SF dated 29 April 2009, No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011; and No. 127-SF dated 16 April 2014).

 

Article 131. Preliminary consideration of a draft law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation by the Committee of the Federation Council on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building

(name of Article 131 as amended by Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014)

1. The Committee of the Federation Council on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building shall summarize the proposals of the committees of the Federation Council on the draft law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation and prepare a conclusion. The conclusion shall be prepared in the manner prescribed by these Rules of Procedure for federal laws.

2. The Committee of the Federation Council on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building may adopt one of the following decisions:

a) recommend that the Federation Council approve the draft law of the Russian Federation approved by the State Duma on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation;

b) recommend that the Federation Council reject the draft law of the Russian Federation approved by the State Duma on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation.

(Article 131 as amended by Resolutions No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011 and No. 127-SF dated 16 April 2014).

Article 132. Consideration of a draft law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation at a sitting of the Federation Council

 

1. The consideration of a draft law of the Russian Federation approved by the State Duma on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation at a sitting of the Federation Council shall begin with the speaker announcing the opinion of the Committee of the Federation Council on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building and the draft resolution of the Federation Council submitted by this committee. If the Federation Council receives a conclusion from the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation on the results of a public expert examination of a draft law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the conclusion shall be subject to mandatory consideration at a sitting of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolutions No. 375-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 12 November 2008 and No. 127-SF dated 16 April 2014).

Members of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation authorized by the Council of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation shall be given the floor to speak during the consideration of a draft law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation that was the subject of a public expert examination (paragraph 2 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 149-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 April 2009).

(Part 1 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

2. Following the consideration of a draft law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the chair shall hold a vote on whether to approve it. A law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation shall be considered approved by the Federation Council if at least three-fourths of the total members of the Federation Council voted for its approval.

3. A draft law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation approved by the State Duma shall be deemed rejected by the Federation Council unless the required number of members of the Federation Council voted for its approval.

4. The decision of the Federation Council to approve or reject a draft law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation approved by the State Duma shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

 

Article 133. Rejection by the Federation Council of a draft law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation

1. If the Federation Council rejects a draft law of the Russian Federation approved by the State Duma on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the Federation Council may adopt a resolution containing a proposal for the State Duma to establish a conciliation commission.

2. A resolution of the Federation Council on the rejection of a draft law of the Russian Federation approved by the State Duma on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation may contain the proposed wording of sections, chapters, and articles as well as parts and clauses of articles and other structural units of a draft law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation on which differences that have arisen between the Federation Council and the State Duma must be overcome.

3. A resolution of the Federation Council on the rejection of a draft law of the Russian Federation approved by the State Duma on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation shall be sent by the Speaker of the Federation Council to the State Duma along with the draft law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation within five days from the date of adoption of the resolution.

4. Differences that have arisen between the Federation Council and the State Duma in connection with the rejection by the Federation Council of a draft law of the Russian Federation approved by the State Duma on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation shall be overcome in the manner prescribed by these Rules of Procedure for federal laws.

 

Article 134. Notice on the adoption of a law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation

1. The Speaker of the Federation Council shall publish a notice for the general public no later than five days after the Federation Council adopts a law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation.

2. This notice must contain:

a message on the adoption of a law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation in accordance with Article 136 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation;

the text of the law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation with an indication of the dates of its approval by the State Duma and the Federation Council;

information about the conditions for the enactment of the law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation and the procedure for the consideration of the law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation by the legislative (representative) bodies of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation with an indication of the deadline for sending the Federation Council the resolutions of the legislative (representative) bodies of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation on the results of the consideration of the law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation.

 

Article 135. Sending of an adopted law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation to the legislative (representative) bodies of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation for consideration

No later than five days after the adoption of a law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the Speaker of the Federation Council shall send it to the legislative (representative) bodies of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation for consideration.

 

Article 136. Recording of data on the consideration of a law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation by the legislative (representative) bodies of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation

1. The Committee of the Federation Council on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building shall maintain records of data on the consideration of a law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation by the legislative (representative) bodies of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation (as amended by Resolutions No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011 and No. 127-SF dated 16 April 2014).

2. A law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation shall be considered approved by the legislative (representative) body of the state authorities of a constituent entity of the Russian Federation if this body approved it as a whole without any proposals for making changes or additions to it and sent the relevant resolution to the Federation Council within the period established by the Federal Law “On the Procedure for the Adoption and Enactment of Amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation”.

 

Article 137. Establishment of the results of the consideration of a law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation by the legislative (representative) bodies of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation

1. The issue of establishing the results of the consideration of a law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation by the legislative (representative) bodies of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation shall be included on the agenda of the sitting of the Federation Council following the day on which the period for such consideration expires without discussion or voting.

2. The Committee of the Federation Council on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building shall announce its conclusion on the results of the consideration of a law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation by the legislative (representative) bodies of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation at a sitting of the Federation Council, which shall be taken under advisement (as amended by Resolutions No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011 and No. 127-SF dated 16 April 2014).

3. A resolution of the Federation Council establishing the results of the consideration of a law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation by the legislative (representative) bodies of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation shall be adopted by a majority vote of the total number of members of the Federation Council.

This resolution of the Federation Council must contain the following information:

the name of the legislative (representative) body of the state authorities of a constituent entity of the Russian Federation that approved the law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation;

the date of adoption and the number of the resolution of the legislative (representative) body of the state authorities of a constituent entity of the Russian Federation that approved the law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation;

the total number of legislative (representative) bodies of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation that approved the law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation;

the results of consideration – whether or not the law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation was approved by the legislative (representative) bodies of the state authorities of at least two-thirds of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation.

(Part 3 as amended by Resolution No. 356-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 9 July 2014).

4. A resolution of the Federation Council establishing the results of the consideration of a law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation by the legislative (representative) bodies of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation shall be promptly sent to the President of the Russian Federation and to the legislative (representative) bodies of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation.

5. If a law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation is not approved by the legislative (representative) bodies of the state authorities of at least two-thirds of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, the procedure for considering this law shall cease.

Article 138. Appeal of a resolution of the Federation Council establishing the results of the consideration of a law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation by the legislative (representative) bodies of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation

1. If a resolution of the Federation Council establishing the results of the consideration of a law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation by the legislative (representative) bodies of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation is appealed in the manner prescribed by the Federal Law “On the Procedure for the Adoption and Enactment of Amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation”, the Speaker of the Federation Council shall not send the law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation to the President of the Russian Federation for signing and official publication until a decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation enters into legal force.

2. In the event of the entry into legal force of a decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation requiring the revision of this resolution of the Federation Council, the chamber shall reconsider this matter at its next sitting in the manner prescribed by Article 137 of these Rules of Procedure.

Article 139. Sending of a law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation that has entered into force to the President of the Russian Federation for signing and official publication

The Speaker of the Federation Council shall send a law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation that has been approved by the legislative (representative) bodies of the state authorities of at least two-thirds of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation to the President of the Russian Federation for signing and official publication within seven days from the day of the establishment of the results of its consideration by the legislative (representative) bodies of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation.

 

Chapter 17

EXERCISING OF THE RIGHT TO A LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVE BY THE FEDERATION COUNCIL AND MEMBERS OF THE FEDERATION COUNCIL

 

(Chapter 17 as amended by Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014).

 

Article 140. Right to a legislative initiative

 

1. The Federation Council shall exercise the right to a legislative initiative by submitting to the State Duma:

а) draft laws of the Russian Federation on amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation, draft federal constitutional laws, and draft federal laws (hereinafter referred to as bills);

b) bills on amendments to the laws of the RSFSR, laws of the Russian Federation, federal constitutional laws, and federal laws, on the invalidation of legislative acts of the RSFSR and the Russian Federation, or bills invalidating legislative acts of the USSR on the territory of the Russian Federation;

c) amendments to bills.

2. The bills specified in clause b, Part 1 of this Article and amendments to the bills may be submitted to the State Duma jointly with a legislative (representative) body of the state authorities of a constituent entity of the Russian Federation (legislative (representative) bodies of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation).

 

Article 141. Preparation of a bill and an amendment to a bill as part of the procedure for exercising the legislative initiative of the Federation Council

1. A bill or an amendment to a bill drafted as part of the procedure for exercising the right to a legislative initiative of the Federation Council may be submitted to the chamber for consideration by a committee(s) of the Federation Council or a member(s) of the Federation Council.

2. In cases envisaged by Part 1, Article 142 of these Rules of Procedure, a bill shall be sent to the state authorities for a conclusion (official opinion) in accordance with the decision of the Council of the Chamber.

3. A bill or an amendment to a bill prepared for submission to the chamber for consideration shall be sent by the initiator of the bill or amendment to a bill for the preparation of a conclusion(s) along with the documents envisaged by Parts 1 and 2, Article 142 of these Rules of Procedure to the relevant committee(s) of the chamber and also to the Legal Department of the Executive Office of the Federation Council no later than 20 days prior to a sitting of the Federation Council in order to conduct a legal and linguistic expert examination. The conclusion(s) of the relevant committee(s) of the chamber and the results of the legal and linguistic expert examination shall be submitted to the initiator of the bill or an amendment to a bill no later than 72 hours prior to a sitting of the Federation Council. The bill or an amendment to a bill may be submitted for consideration by the Federation Council only given the availability of a conclusion of the Legal Department of the Executive Office of the Federation Council.

4. A bill prepared for submission to the State Duma jointly with a legislative (representative) body of the state authorities of a constituent entity of the Russian Federation (legislative (representative) bodies of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation) shall be sent along with the documents envisaged by Part 1, Article 142 of these Rules of Procedure by the committee of the Federation Council responsible for its preparation to the legislative (representative) body of the state authorities of a constituent entity of the Russian Federation (legislative (representative) bodies of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation) no later than 30 days prior to the sitting of the Federation Council for consideration and a decision on the submission of the bill to the State Duma jointly with the Federation Council.

 

Article 1411. Preparation of a bill or amendments to a bill by a member(s) of the Federation Council

1. A member(s) of the Federation Council shall exercise the right to a legislative initiative independently by submitting bills and amendments to bills to the State Duma.

2. The text of a bill or an amendment to a bill of a member(s) of the Federation Council as well as the documents envisaged by Parts 1 and 2, Article 142 of these Rules of Procedure shall be prepared directly by a member(s) of the Federation Council.

3. The text of a bill or an amendment to a bill of a member(s) of the Federation Council may be sent along with the documents envisaged by Parts 1 and 2, Article 142 of these Rules of Procedure to a committee(s) of the Federation Council for consideration as well as to the Legal Department of the Executive Office of the Federation Council and the Analytical Department of the Executive Office of the Federation Council for legal and socioeconomic expert examinations, respectively.

 

Article 142. Documents submitted jointly with a bill or amendment to a bill

 

1. The following documents shall be submitted for consideration by the Federation Council jointly with the text of a bill that is drafted to exercise the right to a legislative initiative of the Federation Council:

a) an explanatory note to the bill containing the subject of legislative Rules of Procedure and a description of the concept of the proposed bill;

b) a list of laws of the RSFSR and laws of the Russian Federation, federal constitutional laws, federal laws, and other regulatory legal acts of the RSFSR and the Russian Federation that are subject to repeal, suspension, amendment, or adoption in connection with the adoption of a particular constitutional law or federal law;

c) a financial feasibility study (in the event of the submission of a bill whose implementation requires material costs);

d) a conclusion of the Government of the Russian Federation (in the event of the submission of a bill on the introduction or abolition of taxes, exemption from taxes, the issuance of state loans, changes to the financial obligations of the state, or other bills that envisage expenses covered by the federal budget );

e) the official opinions of from the Government of the Russian Federation and the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation (in the event of the submission of a bill on amendments to the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation);

f) a conclusion of the Government of the Russian Federation and the decision of the relevant legislative (representative) body of the state authorities of a constituent entity of the Russian Federation (in the event of the submission of a bill on a list of subsoil plots for which the right to use may be granted on the terms of product sharing or a bill to amend the corresponding federal law establishing such a list);

g) the documents listed in clause 7, Article 9 of the Federal Law “On Technical Regulations” (in the event of the submission of a bill on a Technical Regulations).

2. Along with the text of an amendment to a bill drafted as part of the procedure for exercising the right to a legislative initiative of the Federation Council, the initiator of the amendment shall submit the following to the Federation Council for consideration:

a) a justification of the need to adopt the amendment;

b) the source of funding (in the event of the submission of an amendment to the draft federal law on the federal budget for the next financial year and planned period).

3. When preparing a bill or an amendment to a bill, other requirements for their preparation established by the legislation of the Russian Federation must also be taken into account.

 

Article 143. Consideration a bill or an amendment to a bill at a sitting of the Federation Council

1. The consideration of a bill or an amendment to a bill at a sitting of the Federation Council shall begin with a report from the initiator of the bill or amendment to a bill. If there is a conclusion on the bill or an official opinion on the bill from the Government of the Russian Federation, a representative of the Government of the Russian Federation may be yielded the floor to announce it.

2. When considering a bill prepared for submission to the State Duma jointly with a legislative (representative) body of the state authorities of a constituent entity of the Russian Federation (legislative (representative bodies of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation) at a sitting of the Federation Council, a resolution of the legislative (representative) body of the state authorities of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation (resolution of the legislative (representative) bodies of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation) on its submission to the State Duma jointly with the Federation Council shall be submitted along with the documents envisaged by Part 1, Article 142 of these Rules of Procedure.

3. The decision to submit a bill to the State Duma, including jointly with a legislative (representative) body of the state authorities of a constituent entity of the Russian Federation (legislative (representative) bodies of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation), send an amendment(s) to the bill, and appoint a representative(s) of the Federation Council during their consideration by the State Duma shall be adopted by a majority vote of the total number of members of the Federation Council and documented by a resolution of the Federation Council. In the event of the termination (early termination) of the powers of a member of the Federation Council appointed as a representative of the Federation Council during the consideration of the bill by the State Duma or an amendment to the bill, the issue of appointing a new representative of the Federation Council shall be included in the agenda of the sitting of the Federation Council based on a proposal from the committee of the Federation Council that is responsible for preparing the relevant draft resolution of the Federation Council.

4. A bill, an amendment to a bill, the corresponding resolution of the Federation Council, and the documents envisaged by Parts 1 and 2, Article 142 of these Rules of Procedure shall be sent to the State Duma.

5. A resolution of the Federation Council on the submission of a bill to the State Duma jointly with a legislative (representative) body of the state authorities of a constituent entity of the Russian Federation (legislative (representative) bodies of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation) shall be sent to the State Duma together with resolution of the legislative (representative) body of the state authorities of a constituent entity of the Russian Federation (legislative (representative) bodies of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation). An accompanying letter shall be signed by the Speaker of the Federation Council and the chairperson of the legislative (representative) body of the state authorities of a constituent entity of the Russian Federation (legislative (representative) bodies of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation).

 

Article 1431. Public discussion of a bill

1. Following the consideration of the bill at a sitting of the Federation Council, the chamber may decide to submit it for a public discussion. The decision shall be adopted by a majority vote of the total number of members of the Federation Council and documented by a resolution of the Federation Council with an indication of the period during which the public discussion of the bill will take place, and the committee(s) of the Federation Council responsible for preparing and holding the public discussion. The bill and the resolution of the Federation Council on its submission for a public discussion shall be posted on the official Internet website of the Federation Council.

2. A public discussion of the bill shall take place before it is submitted to the State Duma.

3. Following the public discussion of a bill, the committee(s) of the Federation Council responsible for preparing and holding the public discussion shall summarize the suggestions and comments received and prepare the bill for re-consideration at a sitting of the Federation Council based on the results of the public discussion in the manner prescribed by Article 143 of this Resolution.

4. A public discussion of a bill prepared for submission to the State Duma jointly with a legislative (representative) body of the state authorities of a constituent entity of the Russian Federation (legislative (representative) bodies of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation) shall take place in the manner prescribed by Parts 1–3 of this article. At the same time, the decision to submit it for a public discussion shall be sent for approval to the legislative (representative) body of the state authorities of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation (legislative (representative) bodies of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation) with which the bill is being jointly submitted to the State Duma. The bill finalized based on the results of the public discussion shall be sent for approval to the legislative (representative) body of the state authorities of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation (legislative (representative) bodies of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation) with which the bill is being jointly submitted to the State Duma.

 

 

PART THREE

 

PROCEDURE FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF MATTERS PLACED UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE FEDERATION COUNCIL BY THE CONSTITUTION OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

 

Chapter 18

PROCEDURE FOR THE APPROVAL BY THE FEDERATION COUNCIL OF A CHANGE TO THE BORDERS BETWEEN CONSTITUENT ENTITIES OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

Article 144. Powers of the Federation Council to approve a change to the borders between constituent entities of the Russian Federation

In accordance with clause a, Part 1, Article 102 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the jurisdiction of the Federation Council shall include the approval of a change to the borders between constituent entities of the Russian Federation.

The issue of approving a change to the borders between constituent entities of the Russian Federation shall be considered by the Federation Council with the mutual consent of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation whose borders are proposed to be changed (as amended by Resolution No. 279-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 June 2015).

 

Article 145. Documents on a change to the borders between constituent entities of the Russian Federation submitted to the Federation Council

 

1. In order to consider the approval of a change to the borders between constituent entities of the Russian Federation, the following shall be submitted to the Federation Council:

a) an agreement (treaty) on the change of the borders signed by the highest officials of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation (heads of the highest executive authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation) whose borders are proposed to be changed and approved by the legislative (representative) bodies of the state authorities of these constituent entities of the Russian Federation (as amended by Resolution No. 20-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 9 February 2005);

b) the rationale for a change to the borders endorsed by the constituent entities of the Russian Federation (an explanatory note containing the rationale for the advisability of changing the borders between constituent entities of the Russian Federation, information about the territories to be transferred, a list of administrative, territorial, and municipal entities located in the constituent entities, and copies of documents on the results of the opinion of the population living in the respective territories on the issue identified in accordance with the legislation of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation) (as amended by Resolution No. 279-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 June 2015);

c) a map of the terrain with the boundary line between the constituent entities of the Russian Federation and the proposed boundary line between them (a cartographic depiction of the boundary line) (as amended by Resolution No. 279-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 June 2015).

11. The agreement (treaty) on the change of the borders specified in clause a, Part 1 of this Article must contain a cartographic description of the boundary line between the constituent entities of the Russian Federation formed as a result of the change to the borders. The cartographic description of the boundary line may be drawn as an annex to the agreement (treaty) on the change of the borders.

(Part 11 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 279-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 June 2015).

2. The documents specified in Part 1 of this Article shall be sent by the Speaker of the Federation Council to the Committee of the Federation Council on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Government and Northern Affairs for the preparation of a conclusion (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

(Article 145 as amended by Resolution No. 152-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004). 

 

Article 146. Consideration of the approval of a change to the borders between constituent entities of the Russian Federation by the Committee of the Federation Council on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Government and Northern Affairs

1. Authorized representatives of the legislative (representative) and executive bodies of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation whose borders are proposed to be changed and representatives of the Government of the Russian Federation, the Federal State Registration, Cadastre, and Cartography Service, and, if necessary, other federal executive bodies shall be invited to attend a sitting of the Committee of the Federation Council on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Government and Northern Affairs (as amended by Resolution No. 279-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 June 2015).

2. The conclusion of the Committee of the Federation Council on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Government and Northern Affairs must be prepared within a period not exceeding 30 days from the day on which the relevant documents were transferred to the committee (as amended by Resolution No. 152-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004).

(Article 146 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 147. Consideration of the approval of a change to the borders between constituent entities of the Russian Federation at a sitting of the Federation Council

1. The approval of a change to the borders between constituent entities of the Russian Federation shall be considered at a sitting of the Federation Council after the Committee of the Federation Council on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Government and Northern Affairs adopts the relevant conclusion (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

2. Authorized representatives of the legislative (representative) and executive bodies of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation whose borders are proposed to be changed and representatives of the Government of the Russian Federation and other state authorities shall be invited to a sitting of the Federation Council.

3. The consideration of the approval of a change to the borders between constituent entities of the Russian Federation at a sitting of the Federation Council shall begin with the speaker announcing the conclusion of the Committee of the Federation Council on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Government and Northern Affairs. Authorized representatives of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation whose borders are proposed to be changed shall be given the floor to speak upon request.

(Part 3 as amended by Resolutions No. 152-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004 and No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011).

4. The decision to approve a change to the borders between constituent entities of the Russian Federation shall be adopted by a majority vote of the total number of members of the Federation Council and documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

5. In the event of the failure to approve a change to the borders between constituent entities of the Russian Federation, the Federation Council may decide based on the initiative of the Committee of the Federation Council on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Government and Northern Affairs to hold consultations on the matter under consideration and then submit it to a sitting of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolutions No. 152-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004 and No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011).

51. The Federation Council may re-consider the issue of a change to the borders between constituent entities of the Russian Federation in the manner prescribed by this chapter.

(Part 51 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 152-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004).

6. A copy of a resolution of the Federation Council on the approval of a change to the borders between constituent entities of the Russian Federation shall be sent within one week to the legislative (representative) and executive bodies of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation whose borders have been changed and also to the Federal State Registration, Cadastre, and Cartography Service and other relevant federal executive bodies along with copies of the agreement (treaty) on a change to the borders and annexes thereto for execution (as amended by Resolution No. 279-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 June 2015).

 

Chapter 181
PROCEDURE FOR THE APPROVAL BY THE FEDERATION COUNCIL OF A CHANGE TO THE BORDERS OF THE FEDERAL CITIES OF MOSCOW, ST. PETERSBURG, AND SEVASTOPOL

(Chapter 181 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 448-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 25 November 2009; as amended by Resolution No. 279-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 June 2015).

Article 1471. Powers of the Federation Council to approve a change to the borders of the federal cities of Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Sevastopol

1. In accordance with clause 2, Article 84 of the Land Code of the Russian Federation, the Federation Council shall approve a change to the borders of the federal cities Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Sevastopol.

2. In the event that a change to the borders of the federal cities Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Sevastopol entails a change to the borders of the Moscow Region, Leningrad Region, or the Republic of Crimea, this issue shall be considered by the Federation Council in the manner prescribed by Chapter 18 of these Rules of Procedure.

(Article 1471 as amended by Resolution No. 279-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 June 2015).

 

Article 1472. Documents on a change to the border of a federal city submitted to the Federation Council

1. In order to consider the approval of a change to the border of a federal city, the following shall be submitted to the Federation Council:

a) an appeal (recommendation) from a legislative (representative) body of the state authorities and the highest official of a constituent entity of the Russian Federation (head of the highest executive body of the state authorities of a federal city) whose borders are proposed to be changed;

b) the consent of the Government of the Russian Federation to change the border of a federal city;

c) the rationale for changing the border (an explanatory note containing the rationale for the advisability of changing the borders of a federal city);

d) a map of the terrain with the boundary line of the federal city and the proposed boundary line of the federal city (a cartographic depiction of the boundary line) (as amended by Resolution No. 279-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 June 2015).

11. The appeal (recommendation) specified in clause a, Part 1 of this Article must contain a cartographic description of the boundary line formed as a result of the change to the border. The cartographic description of the boundary line may be drawn as an annex to the appeal (recommendation).

(Part 11 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 279-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 June 2015).

2. The documents specified in Part 1 of this Article shall be sent by the Speaker of the Federation Council to the Committee of the Federation Council on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Government and Northern Affairs in order to prepare a conclusion (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 1473. Consideration of the approval of a change to the border of a federal city by the Committee of the Federation Council on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Government and Northern Affairs 

1. Authorized representatives of the legislative (representative) and executive bodies of the state authorities of a federal city whose borders are proposed to be changed and representatives of the Government of the Russian Federation, the Federal State Registration, Cadastre, and Cartography Service, and, if necessary, other federal executive bodies shall be invited to attend a sitting of the Committee of the Federation Council on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Government and Northern Affairs (as amended by Resolution No. 279-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 June 2015).

2. The conclusion of the Committee of the Federation Council on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Government and Northern Affairs must be prepared within a period not exceeding 30 days from the day on which the relevant documents were transferred to the committee.

(Article 1473 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 1474. Consideration of the approval of a change to the border of a federal city at a sitting of the Federation Council

1. The approval of a change to the borders of a federal city shall be considered at a sitting of the Federation Council after the Committee of the Federation Council on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Government and Northern Affairs adopts the relevant conclusion (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

2. Authorized representatives of the legislative (representative) and executive bodies of the state authorities of a federal city whose borders are proposed to be changed and representatives of the Government of the Russian Federation and other state authorities shall be invited to a sitting of the Federation Council.

3. The consideration of the approval of a change to the borders of a federal city shall begin with the speaker announcing the conclusion of the Committee of the Federation Council on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Government and Northern Affairs. Authorized representatives of the legislative (representative) and executive bodies of the state authorities of a federal city whose borders are proposed to be changed shall be given the floor to speak upon request.

(Part 3 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

4. The decision to approve a change to the borders of a federal city shall be adopted by a majority vote of the total number of members of the Federation Council and documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

5. In the event of the failure to approve a change to the borders of a federal city, the Federation Council may decide based on the initiative of the Committee of the Federation Council on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Government and Northern Affairs to hold consultations on the matter under consideration and then submit it to a sitting of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

6. The Federation Council may re-consider the issue of a change to the borders of a federal city in the manner prescribed by this chapter.

7. A copy of a resolution of the Federation Council on the approval of a change to the borders of a federal city shall be sent within one week to the legislative (representative) and executive bodies of the federal city whose borders have been changed and also to the Federal State Registration, Cadastre, and­ Cartography Service and other relevant federal executive bodies along with a cartographic image and a cartographic description of the boundary line for execution (as amended by Resolution No. 279-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 June 2015).

 

Chapter 19
PROCEDURE FOR THE APPROVAL BY THE FEDERATION COUNCIL OF A DECREE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION ON THE IMPOSITION OF MARTIAL LAW

 

Article 148. Powers of the Federation Council to approve a decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the imposition of martial law

1. In accordance with clause b, Part 1, Article 102 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the jurisdiction of the Federation Council shall include approving a decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the imposition of martial law.

2. Martial law on the territory of the Russian Federation or in its individual localities shall be imposed by a decree of the President of the Russian Federation, which is immediately reported to the Federation Council.

3. A decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the imposition of martial law shall immediately be submitted to the Federation Council for approval.

 

Article 149. Consideration by committees of the Federation Council of the approval of a decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the imposition of martial law

The Speaker of the Federation Council shall immediately send the text of a decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the imposition of martial law to the Committee of the Federation Council on Defense and Security (head) and the Committee of the Federation on the Federal Structure, the Regional Policy, Local Self-Governance and Affairs of the North for the preparation of conclusions (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 150. Timeframe for the consideration in the Federation Council of the approval of a decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the imposition of martial law

1. The approval of a decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the imposition of martial law must be considered by the Federation Council within less than 48 hours after receiving this decree.

2. Upon receiving a decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the imposition of martial law, the Speaker of the Federation Council must ensure that members of the Federation Council gather at a sitting place of the Federation Council in less than 48 hours.

3. Following the promulgation of a decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the imposition of martial law, members of the Federation Council must arrive at the sitting place of the Federation Council as soon as possible without a special call.

4. If a sitting of the Federation Council cannot be held within 48 hours after receiving the decree of the President of the Russian Federation due to extraordinary and unavoidable circumstances under the given conditions, the Speaker of the Federation Council may set another date for a sitting of the Federation Council in coordination with the Council of the Chamber.

 

Article 151. Consideration of the approval of a decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the imposition of martial law at a sitting of the Federation Council

The consideration of the approval of a decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the imposition of martial law at a sitting of the Federation Council shall begin with a report from the President of the Russian Federation or, based on the President’s instructions, the plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council, after which the conclusions of the Committee of the Federation Council on Defense and Security and the Committee of the Federation Council on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Government and Northern Affairs shall be announced. The matter shall be discussed in the manner envisaged by these Rules of Procedure.

(Article 151 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 152. Adoption of the decision to approve a decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the imposition of martial law

1. The decision to approve a decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the imposition of martial law shall be adopted by a majority vote of the total number of members of the Federation Council and documented by resolution of the Federation Council.

2. If a decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the imposition of martial law does not receive the required number of votes of members of the Federation Council, the decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the imposition of martial law shall not be approved, which shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

3. If the Federation Council fails to approve a decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the imposition of martial law, the decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the imposition of martial law and martial law itself shall cease to be effective from the day following the date on which the Federation Council approved such a decision.

4. The relevant resolution of the Federation Council shall immediately be sent to the President of the Russian Federation.

 

Chapter 20
PROCEDURE FOR THE APPROVAL BY THE FEDERATION COUNCIL OF A DECREE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION ON THE IMPOSITION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY

 

Article 153. Powers of the Federation Council to approve a decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the imposition of a state of emergency

1. In accordance with clause c, Part 1, Article 102 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the jurisdiction of the Federation Council shall include approving a decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the imposition of a state of emergency.

2. A state of emergency on the territory of the Russian Federation or in its individual localities shall be imposed by a decree of the President of the Russian Federation, which is immediately reported to the Federation Council.

3. A decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the imposition of a state of emergency on the territory of the Russian Federation or in its individual localities shall immediately be submitted to the Federation Council for approval.

 

Article 154. Consideration by committees of the Federation Council of the approval of a decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the imposition of a state of emergency 

The Speaker of the Federation Council shall immediately send the text of a decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the imposition of a state of emergency to the Committee of the Federation Council on Defense and Security (head) and the Committee of the Federation Council on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Government and Northern Affairs for the preparation of conclusions (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 155. Timeframe for the consideration in the Federation Council of the approval of a decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the imposition of a state of emergency

1. The approval of a decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the imposition of a state of emergency must be considered by the Federation Council within less than 72 hours from the time the decree of the President of the Russian Federation is published.

2. Following the promulgation of a decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the imposition of a state of emergency, the Speaker of the Federation Council must ensure that members of the Federation Council gather at a sitting place of the Federation Council in less than 48 hours.

3. Following the promulgation of a decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the imposition of a state of emergency, members of the Federation Council must arrive at the sitting place of the Federation Council as soon as possible without a special call.

 

Article 156. Consideration of the approval of a decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the imposition of a state of emergency at a sitting of the Federation Council

The consideration of the approval of a decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the imposition of a state of emergency at a sitting of the Federation Council shall begin with a report from the President of the Russian Federation or, based on the President’s instructions, the plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council, after which the conclusions of the Committee of the Federation Council on Defense and Security and the Committee of the Federation Council on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Government and Northern Affairs shall be announced. The matter shall be discussed in the manner envisaged by these Rules of Procedure.

(Article 156 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 157. Adoption of the decision to approve a decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the imposition of a state of emergency

1. The decision to approve a decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the imposition of a state of emergency shall be adopted by a majority vote of the total number of members of the Federation Council and documented by resolution of the Federation Council.

2. If a decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the imposition of a state of emergency does not receive the required number of votes of members of the Federation Council, the decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the imposition of a state of emergency shall not be approved, which shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

3. If the Federation Council fails to approve a decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the imposition of a state of emergency, the decree shall cease to be effective 72 hours from the time of its promulgation.

4. The resolution of the Federation Council shall immediately be sent to the President of the Russian Federation and the federal executive body that handles foreign affairs.

 

Article 158. Extension of a state of emergency

1. The duration of a state of emergency on the territory of the Russian Federation or in its individual localities may be extended by a decree of the President of the Russian Federation.

2. An extension in a state of emergency shall be considered by the Federation Council in the manner prescribed by these Rules of Procedure for the approval of the decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the imposition of a state of emergency. 

 

Chapter 21
PROCEDURE FOR THE FEDERATION COUNCIL TO DECIDE ON THE POSSIBLE USE OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION OUTSIDE THE TERRITORY OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

Article 159. Powers of the Federation Council on deciding whether to use the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation outside the territory of the Russian Federation

1. In accordance with clause d, Part 1, Article 102 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the jurisdiction of the Federation Council shall include deciding whether to use the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation outside the territory of the Russian Federation.

2. The possible use the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation outside the territory of the Russian Federation shall be considered by the Federation Council based on a proposal from the President of the Russian Federation.

 

Article 160. Receipt by the Federation Council of a request from the President of the Russian Federation

1. The Federation Council shall begin considering the possible use of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation outside the territory of the Russian Federation after receiving a request from the President of the Russian Federation containing the rationale for the proposal.

2. The Speaker of the Federation Council shall immediately send this request to the Committee of the Federation Council on Defense and Security (head) and the Committee of the Federation Council on Foreign Affairs for the preparation of conclusions (as amended by Resolutions No. 25-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 12 February 2003 and No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 161. Consideration by committees of the Federation Council of the possible use of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation outside the territory of the Russian Federation 

The plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council shall be invited to a sitting of the Committee of the Federation Council on Defense and Security and the Committee of the Federation Council on Foreign Affairs (as amended by Resolutions No. 25-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 12 February 2003 and No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011). Representatives of the relevant federal executive bodies may be invited to sittings of these committees of the chamber.

 

Article 162. Consideration of the possible use of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation outside the territory of the Russian Federation at a sitting of the Federation Council

1. The Federation Council shall consider the possible use of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation outside the territory of the Russian Federation at the next sitting of the chamber after the Federation Council receives a request from the President of the Russian Federation.

2. If it is necessary to urgently decide on the possible use of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation outside the territory of the Russian Federation, the Federation Council may consider this issue at an extraordinary sitting of the chamber.

3. The Federation Council shall invite the President of the Russian Federation, the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, and the senior officials of relevant federal executive bodies to its sitting.

4. A discussion of the possible use of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation outside the territory of the Russian Federation shall be held at a closed sitting of the Federation Council unless the chamber decides otherwise.

5. The consideration of the possible use of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation outside the territory of the Russian Federation at a sitting of the Federation Council shall begin with a report of the President of the Russian Federation or, based on the President’s instructions, the plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council, after which the conclusions of the Committee of the Federation Council on Defense and Security and the Committee of the Federation Council on Foreign Affairs shall be announced (as amended by Resolutions No. 25-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 12 February 2003 and No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011).

6. The decision on the possible use of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation outside the territory of the Russian Federation shall be adopted by a majority vote of the total number of members of the Federation Council and documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

7. If the decision on the possible use of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation outside the territory of the Russian Federation does not receive the required number of votes of members of the Federation Council, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation may not be used outside the territory of the Russian Federation, which shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

8. The resolution of the Federation Council shall be sent to the President of the Russian Federation within two days from the date of its adoption. 

 

Chapter 22
PROCEDURE FOR THE FEDERATION COUNCIL TO CALL ELECTIONS OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

Article 163. Powers of the Federation Council to call elections of the President of the Russian Federation

1. In accordance with clause e, Part 1, Article 102 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the jurisdiction of the Federation Council shall include calling elections of the President of the Russian Federation.

2. Grounds for the Federation Council to consider calling elections of the President of the Russian Federation shall include the expiry of the term of office of the President of the Russian Federation as well as the early termination of the powers of the President of the Russian Federation in accordance with Part 2, Article 92 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation.

 

Article 164. Timeframe for calling elections of the President of the Russian Federation and election day

1. Elections of the President of the Russian Federation shall be called by the Federation Council no earlier than 100 days and no later than 90 days prior to election day. Election day for the President of the Russian Federation shall be the second Sunday in the month in which elections were held during the previous general election of the President of the Russian Federation in which the President of the Russian Federation was elected six years prior.

(Part 1 as amended by Resolution No. 356-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 9 July 2014).

2. If the Sunday on which elections for the President of the Russian Federation should be called falls on a day preceding a non-working holiday, or this Sunday falls on a week that includes a non-working holiday, or this Sunday is declared a working day in the prescribed manner, the election shall be scheduled for the following Sunday.

(Part 2 as amended by Resolution No. 457-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 22 November 2017).

(Article 164 as amended by Resolution No. 493-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 November 2007).

 

Article 165. Deadlines for calling early elections of the President of the Russian Federation

1. Early elections of the President of the Russian Federation shall be called by the Federation Council when the President of the Russian Federation ceases to exercise his/her powers prior to the expiration of the constitutional term in cases stipulated in Part 2, Article 92 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation. In this case, election day shall be the last Sunday prior to the day on which three months have expired from the date of the early termination of the powers of the President of the Russian Federation.

2. If the President of the Russian Federation ceases to exercise his/her powers prior to the expiration of the constitutional term in cases and in the manner envisaged by the Constitution of the Russian Federation, early elections shall be called by the Federation Council no later than 14 days from the date of such termination of powers (as amended by Resolution No. 25-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 12 February 2003).

3. (Part 3 excluded in accordance with Resolution No. 25-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 12 February 2003).

 

Article 166. Adoption of a decision to call elections of the President of the Russian Federation at a sitting of the Federation Council

1. A draft resolution of the Federation Council calling elections of the President of the Russian Federation shall be submitted to a sitting of the Federation Council by the Committee of the Federation Council on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building (as amended by Resolutions No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011 and No. 127-SF dated 16 April 2014).

2. The decision to call elections of the President of the Russian Federation shall be adopted by a majority vote of the total number of members of the Federation Council and documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

3. The decision to call elections of the President of the Russian Federation shall be officially published in the mass media no later than within five days from the date of its adoption.

(Part 3 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 25-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 12 February 2003).

 

Chapter 23
PROCEDURE FOR THE CONSIDERATION BY THE FEDERATION COUNCIL OF THE IMPEACHMENT OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

Article 167. Powers of the Federation Council as regards the impeachment of the President of the Russian Federation

1. In accordance with clause f, Part 1, Article 102 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the jurisdiction of the Federation Council shall include the impeachment of the President of the Russian Federation.

2. The Federation Council may only impeach the President of the Russian Federation based on charges filed by the State Duma for treason or for committing another grave crime confirmed by the findings of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation on whether there are signs of a crime in the actions of the President of the Russian Federation and the findings of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation on compliance with the established procedure for filing charges.

 

Article 168. Receipt of documents by the Federation Council associated with the filing of charges against the President of the Russian Federation

1. The Federation Council shall begin considering charges of treason or another grave crime against the President of the Russian Federation after receiving a resolution from the State Duma on the filing of charges against the President of the Russian Federation and the findings of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation n whether there are signs of a crime in the actions of the President of the Russian Federation.­

2. The conclusion of a special commission established by the State Duma to assess the validity of the charges filed against the President of the Russian Federation and a transcript of the sitting of the State Duma at which the filing of charges against the President of the Russian Federation was considered shall be submitted to the Federation Council along with the resolution of the State Duma on the filing of charges against the President of the Russian Federation.

 

Article 169. Sending of a request to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation on compliance with the established procedure for filing charges against the President of the Russian Federation

After receiving the documents specified in Article 168 of these Rules of Procedure from the State Duma, the Speaker of the Federation Council shall immediately send the resolution of the State Duma on the filing of charges against the President of the Russian Federation and all documents related to this charge to the Committee of the Federation Council on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building and convene a sitting of the Federation Council in the manner prescribed by Article 217 of these Rules of Procedure for deciding to send a request to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation for the provision of a conclusion on compliance with the established procedure for filing charges against of the President of the Russian Federation (as amended by Resolutions No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011 and No. 127-SF dated 16 April 2014).

 

Article 170. Consideration of the impeachment of the President of the Russian Federation at a sitting of the Federation Council

1. The issue of the impeachment of the President of the Russian Federation shall be included as the first item without discussion and vote in the agenda of a sitting of the Federation Council convened by the Speaker of the Federation Council within a period of less than 72 hours from the receipt of the conclusion from the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation on compliance with the established procedure for the filing of charges of treason or committing another grave crime against the President of the Russian Federation.

2. The Speaker of the Federation Council shall notify the President of the Russian Federation, the Chairman of the State Duma, the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, the President of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation about the date of the sitting of the Federation Council at which the impeachment of the President of the Russian Federation is scheduled to be considered and invites these individuals to this sitting.

3. Members of the special commission established by the State Duma shall also be invited to attend the sitting of the Federation Council to assess the validity of the charges filed against the President of the Russian Federation.

4. The consideration of the impeachment of the President of the Russian Federation shall begin at a sitting of the Federation Council with a message from the Chairman of the State Duma on the grounds for the filing of charges against the President of the Russian Federation.

The floor shall then be yielded to the President of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation to announce the findings of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation on compliance with the established procedure for filing charges and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation to announce the findings of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation on whether there are signs of a crime in the actions of the President of the Russian Federation.

After this, the conclusion of the Committee of the Federation Council on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building shall be heard.

(Part 4 as amended by Resolutions No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011 and No. 127-SF dated 16 April 2014).

5. The President of the Russian Federation or his/her representative shall be given the floor upon request.

 

Article 171. Adoption of the decision to impeach the President of the Russian Federation

1. In accordance with Part 3, Article 93 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the decision of the Federation Council on whether to impeach the President of the Russian Federation must be adopted no later than three months after the State Duma files charges against the President of the Russian Federation.

2. The decision of the Federation Council to impeach the President of the Russian Federation shall be adopted by secret voting using ballots.

3. The decision of the Federation Council to impeach the President of the Russian Federation shall be deemed accepted if at least two-thirds of the total number of members of the Federation Council voted for it and documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

4. If the required number of members of the Federation Council does not vote for the decision of the Federation Council to impeach the President of the Russian Federation, the charges against the President of the Russian Federation shall be dismissed, which is documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

5. The decision of the Federation Council shall be promptly communicated to the public through the mass media. 

 

Chapter 24
PROCEDURE FOR THE APPOINTMENT BY THE FEDERATION COUNCIL OF JUDGES OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION, SUPREME COURT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION, AND THE ECONOMIC COURT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF INDEPENDENT STATES. PROCEDURE FOR THE TERMINATION BY THE FEDERATION COUNCIL OF THE POWERS OF A JUDGE OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION 

(name of chapter amended by Resolutions No. 260-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 6 July 2007, No. 443-SF dated 25 November 2011; No. 127-SF dated 16 April 2014, and No. 356-SF dated 9 July 2014)

Article 172. Powers of the Federation Council to appoint judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and the Economic Court of the Commonwealth of Independent States

(name of Article 172 as amended by Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014)

 

In accordance with clause g, Part 1, Article 102 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the jurisdiction of the Federation Council shall include the appointment of judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation and Supreme Court of the Russian Federation.

In accordance with clause 7 of the Rules of Procedure on the Economic Court of the Commonwealth of Independent States approved by the Agreement on the Status of the Economic Court of the Commonwealth of the Independent States dated 6 July 1992, judges of the Economic Court of the Commonwealth of the Independent States shall be appointed in the manner prescribed for the appointment of judges to the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation.

(Article 172 as amended by Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014).

 

Article 173. Nomination by the President of the Russian Federation of candidates for appointment as judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and the Economic Court of the Commonwealth of Independent States

(name of Article 173 as amended by Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014)

1. The President of the Russian Federation or, on based on the President’s instructions, the plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council shall nominate candidates to be appointed as judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and the Economic Court of the Commonwealth of the Independent States.

2. The Federation Council shall consider the appointment of judges to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, or the Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation within fourteen days upon receiving a nomination from the President of the Russian Federation. If necessary, the Speaker of the Federation Council shall convene an extraordinary sitting of the Chamber to consider this matter (as amended by­

Resolution No. 223-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 18 June 2008).

21. The appointment of judges to the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation and the Economic Court of the Commonwealth of the Independent States shall be considered by the Federation Council within thirty days from the day following the day of receipt of a nomination from the President of the Russian Federation.

(Part 21 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 38-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 22 February 2012).

3. The appointment of judges to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and Economic Court of the Commonwealth of the Independent States shall be included in the agenda of a chamber session as a separate issue.

(Article 173 as amended by Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014).

 

Article 174. Discussion in committees of the Federation Council of candidates nominated by the President of the Russian Federation for appointment as judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and Economic Court of the Commonwealth of Independent States 

(name of Article 174 as amended by Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014)

1. Candidates nominated by the President of the Russian Federation for appointment as judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation and the Economic Court of the Commonwealth of the Independent States shall be preliminarily discussed by the Committee of the Federation Council on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building, which shall prepare a conclusion on each candidate. When preparing the conclusions, the Committee of the Federation Council on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building may request additional information about the nominated candidates from the state authorities, organizations, and officials (as amended by Resolution No. 47-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 1 March 2017).

(Part 1 as amended by Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014).

2. Candidates nominated by the President of the Russian Federation for appointment as judges of the Economic Court of the Commonwealth of the Independent States shall also be preliminarily discussed by the Committee of the Federation Council on Foreign Affairs.

3. Candidates for judges of these courts may be invited to attend a sitting of the relevant committee of the Federation Council.

(Article 174 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 175. Consideration of the appointment of judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and Economic Court of the Commonwealth of Independent States at a sitting of the Federation Council

(name of Article 175 as amended by Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014)

1. The conclusions of the Committee of the Federation Council on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building concerning the candidates nominated for appointment as judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and Economic Court of the Commonwealth of Independent States as well as the conclusions of the Committee of the Federation Council on Foreign Affairs on candidates nominated for appointment as judges of the Economic Court of the Commonwealth of the Independent States shall be heard at a sitting of the Federation Council.

2. Following the discussion, each candidate for appointment as a judge of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and Economic Court of the Commonwealth of Independent States nominated by the President of the Russian Federation shall be included in the ballots for secret voting. Secret voting may be conducted using the electronic system based on the decision of the Federation Council.

3. An individual who received the majority vote of the total number of members of the Federation Council shall be considered appointed as a judge of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and Economic Court of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

4. The appointment of a judge of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and Economic Court of the Commonwealth of Independent States shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

5. If a candidate nominated by the President of the Russian Federation for appointment as a judge of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and Economic Court of the Commonwealth of Independent States does not receive the required number of votes by members of the Federation Council, the candidate shall be rejected, which shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council. A special vote shall not be required to adopt this resolution.

6. In the event the Federation Council rejects candidates nominated by the President of the Russian Federation for appointment as judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and Economic Court of the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Federation Council may adopt a resolution with a proposal to the President of the Russian Federation to hold consultations in order to overcome any disagreements that have arisen. The Speaker of the Federation Council shall send this resolution to the President of the Russian Federation within three days. In order to hold consultations, the Federation Council shall form a group of members of the Federation Council or instruct the Speaker of the Federation Council to hold consultations.

(Article 175 as amended by Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014). 

 

Article 176. Procedure for the appointment of the Chairperson and Deputy Chairpersons of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Chairperson and Deputy Chairpersons of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, members of the Presidium of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and the Chairperson and members of the Appellate Judicial Board of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation

(name of Article 176 as amended by Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014)

1. The Chairperson and Deputy Chairpersons of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Chairperson and Deputy Chairpersons of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, members of the Presidium of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and the Chairperson and members of the Appellate Judicial Board of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation shall be appointed by the Federation Council based on a recommendation by the President of the Russian Federation.

2. The Chairperson and Deputy Chairpersons of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Chairperson and Deputy Chairpersons of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, members of the Presidium of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and the Chairperson and members of the Appellate Judicial Board of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation shall be appointed in the manner prescribed by Articles 174 and 175 of these Rules of Procedure.

(Part 2 as amended by Resolution No. 47-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 1 March 2017).

3. The appointment of the Chairperson and Deputy Chairpersons of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, members of the Presidium of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and the Chairperson and members of the Appellate Judicial Board of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation shall be considered within thirty days from the day following for the day on which the nomination was received from the President of the Russian Federation.

(Part 3 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 47-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 1 March 2017).

(Article 176 as amended by Resolutions No. 301-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 7 July 2009; No. 443-SF dated 25 November 2011, and No. 127-SF dated 16 April 2014).

 

Article 177. Swearing-in of an individual appoint as a judge of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation

1. Following the announcement of the voting results on a candidate nominated by the President of the Russian Federation for appointment as a judge of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, the Speaker of the Federation Council shall announce the time of the swearing-in of the individual appointed as a judge of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation.

2. The swearing-in of an individual appointed as a judge of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation shall be conducted by the Speaker of the Federation Council at a sitting of the chamber in a ceremonial atmosphere with the presence of the coat of arms of the Russian Federation and the national flag of the Russian Federation in the Sitting Hall of the Federation Council.

3. The Speaker of the Federation Council shall invite the individual appointed as a judge of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation to the rostrum of the Sitting Hall of the Federation Council to be sworn in.

4. The judge of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation shall take the oath for which the text is provided in Part 2, Article 10 of the Federal Constitutional Law “On the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation” aloud while standing with his/her hand on the Constitution of the Russian Federation.

5. Everyone in the Sitting Hall of the Federation Council shall stand while listening to the oath of the judge of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation.

6. The swearing-in shall be certified by the personal signature of the judge of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation under the text of the oath with an indication of the date the oath was taken. The document shall remain in the Federation Council.

7. The Speaker of the Federation Council shall congratulate the judge of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation on taking office and hand over the robe as a symbol of judicial power.

8. The national anthem of the Russian Federation shall be played after the swearing-in of the judge(s) of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation.

 

Article 178. Ceremonial presentation of a copy of the resolution of the Federation Council on an individual’s appointment as a judge

Following the announcement of the voting results on candidates nominated by the President of the Russian Federation for appointment as judges of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, Economic Court of the Commonwealth of the Independent States, the Chairperson and the Deputy Chairpersons of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, members of the Presidium of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and the Chairperson and members of the Appellate Judicial Board of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, the Speaker of the Federation Council shall present each person appointed as a judge with a copy of the resolution of the Federation Council on his/her appointment. The copy of the resolution of the Federation Council shall be presented by the Speaker of the Federation Council at a sitting of the Federation Council in a ceremonial atmosphere with the presence of the coat of arms of the Russian Federation and the national flag of the Russian Federation in the Sitting Hall of the Federation Council.

(Article 178 as amended by Resolutions No. 443-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 25 November 2011 and No. 127-SF dated 16 April 2014).

 

Article 1781. Consideration of the termination of the powers of a judge of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation

1. In accordance with Article 18 of the Federal Constitutional Law “On the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation”, the Federation Council shall terminate the powers of a judge of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation.

2. The termination of the powers of a judge of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation shall be considered by the Federation Council based on a recommendation from the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation.

A recommendation from the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation on the termination of the powers of a judge of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation shall be is preliminarily discussed in the Committee of the Federation Council on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building, which shall prepare the relevant conclusion.

4. The consideration of the termination of the powers of a judge of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation at a sitting of the Federation Council shall begin with a speech by the President of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation. The floor shall then be yielded to the chairpersons, first deputy chairpersons, or deputy chairpersons of the Committee of the Federation Council on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building to announce the committee’s conclusion.

5. When considering the termination of the powers of a judge of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, the sitting of the Federation Council may be attended by the judge of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, who shall be given the floor upon request.

6. During the discussion, members of the Federation Council may pose questions to the President of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, the speaker from the Committee of the Federation Council on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building, and the judge of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation and speak out in favour of or against the termination of the powers of a judge of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation.

7. The powers of a judge of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation shall be deemed to have been terminated if a majority of the total number of members of the Federation Council vote to terminate the judge’s powers as a result of secret voting.

8. The decision to terminate the powers of a judge of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

9. If a proposal by the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation to terminate the powers of a judge of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation does not receive a majority vote of the total number of members of the Federation Council, it shall be rejected. This decision shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

(Article 1781 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 356-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 9 July 2014).

 

Chapter 25
PROCEDURE FOR THE APPOINTMENT AND DISMISSAL BY THE FEDERATION COUNCIL OF THE PROSECUTOR GENERAL OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION, THE FIRST DEPUTY PROSECUTOR GENERAL OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION, AND DEPUTIES OF THE PROSECUTOR GENERAL OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

 

(name of chapter as amended by Resolutions No. 260-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 6 July 2007 and No. 443-SF dated 25 November 2011)

Article 179. Powers of the Federation Council to appoint and dismiss the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation and Deputies of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation

In accordance with clause h, Part 1, Article 102 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the jurisdiction of the Federation Council shall include the appointment and dismissal of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation and Deputies of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation.

(Article 179 as amended by Resolution No. 607-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 25 December 2015).

 

Article 180. Nomination by the President of the Russian Federation of a candidate for appointment as Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation

1. A candidate for appointment as Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation shall be submitted to the Federation Council by the President of the Russian Federation or, based on the President’s instructions behalf, the plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council.

2. The Federation Council shall consider the appointment of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation within 30 days from the day following the day on which it receives the nomination from the President of the Russian Federation.

 

Article 181. Discussion in the committees of the Federation Council of a candidate for appointment as Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation

A candidate nominated by the President of the Russian Federation for appointment as Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation shall be preliminarily discussed by the Committee of the Federation Council on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building and the Committee of the Federation Council on Defense and Security, which shall prepare conclusions on the candidate who is nominated. The candidate for Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation may be invited to attend sittings of these committees.

(Article 181 as amended by Resolutions No. 173-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 March 2002, No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011, and No. 127-SF dated 16 April 2014).

 

Article 182. Consideration of the appointment of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation at a sitting of the Federation Council

1. The consideration of the appointment of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation at a sitting of the Federation Council shall begin with the presentation of the candidate nominated by the President of the Russian Federation and a speech by the President of the Russian Federation or the plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation Russian Federation in the Federation Council. The floor shall then be yielded to the chairpersons, first deputy chairpersons, or deputy chairpersons of the Committee of the Federation Council on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building and the Committee of the Federation Council on Defense and Security to announce the committee’s conclusions.

(Part 1 as amended by Resolutions No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011 and No. 127-SF dated 16 April 2014).

2. During the discussion, members of the Federation Council shall pose questions to the President of the Russian Federation or the plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council, the speakers from the Committee of the Federation Council on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building and the Committee of the Federation Council on Defense and Security, and the candidate for Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation and shall also speak out in favour of or against the appointment of the candidate (as amended by Resolutions No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011 and No. 127-SF dated 16 April 2014).

3. Secret voting shall be held following the discussion of the candidature nominated by the President of the Russian Federation for appointment as Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation.

4. The Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation shall be regarded as appointed if the majority of the total number of members of the Federation Council voted for the candidate nominated by the President of the Russian Federation.

5. The appointment of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council, which shall be published in the press (as amended by Resolution No. 607-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 25 December 2015).

6. If the candidate nominated by the President of the Russian Federation does not receive the required number of votes by members of the Federation Council, the candidate shall be rejected. This decision shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

 

Article 183. Nomination of a new candidate by the President of the Russian Federation for appointment as Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation 

If a candidate nominated by the President of the Russian Federation for appointment as Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation does not receive the required number of votes by members of the Federation Council during voting, the President of the Russian Federation shall submit a new candidate to the Federation Council for appointment as Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation within 30 days.

 

Article 184. Swearing-in of an individual appointed as Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation

1. Following the announcement of the secret voting results on a candidate nominated by the President of the Russian Federation for appointment as Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, the Speaker of the Federation Council shall announce the time of the swearing-in of the individual appointed as Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation.

2. The Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation shall take the oath for which the text is provided in clause 3, Article 12 of the Federal Law “On the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation” aloud while standing with his/her hand on the Constitution of the Russian Federation.

3. Everyone in the Sitting Hall of the Federation Council shall stand while listening to the oath of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation.

4. The swearing-in shall be certified by the personal signature of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation under the text of the oath with an indication of the date the oath was taken. The document shall remain in the Federation Council.

5. The Speaker of the Federation Council shall congratulate the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation on taking office.

6. The national anthem of the Russian Federation shall be played after the swearing-in of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation.

 

Article 1841. Report by the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation on the state of law and order in the Russian Federation and on the work performed to strengthen law and order 

(Article 1841 excluded in accordance with Resolution No. 47-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 1 March 2017).

 

Article 185. Consideration of the dismissal of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation at sittings of the committees of the Federation Council

1. The dismissal of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation shall be considered by the Federation Council based on a proposal from the President of the Russian Federation.

2. A proposal from the President of the Russian Federation on the dismissal of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation shall be preliminarily discussed by the Committee of the Federation Council on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building and the Committee of the Federation Council on Defense and Security, which shall prepare the relevant conclusions (as amended by Resolutions No. 173-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 March 2002, No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011, and No. 127-SF dated 16 April 2014).

 

Article 186. Consideration of the dismissal of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation at a sitting of the Federation Council

1. The consideration of the dismissal of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation at a sitting of the Federation Council shall begin with a speech by the President of the Russian Federation or, based on the President’s instructions, the plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council. The floor shall then be yielded to the chairpersons, first deputy chairpersons, or deputy chairpersons of the Committee of the Federation Council on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building and the Committee of the Federation Council on Defense and Security to announce the committee’s conclusions.

(Part 1 as amended by Resolutions No. 173-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 March 2002, No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011, and No. 127-SF dated 16 April 2014).

2. When considering the dismissal of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, the sitting of the Federation Council may be attended by the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, who shall be given the floor upon request.

3. During the discussion, members of the Federation Council shall pose questions to the President of the Russian Federation or the plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council, the speakers of the Committee of the Federation Council on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building, the Committee of the Federation Council on Defense and Security, and the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation and shall speak out in favour of or against the dismissal of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation (Resolutions No. 173-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 March 2002, No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011, and No. 127-SF dated 16 April 2014).

4. If the proposal of the President of the Russian Federation to dismiss the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation does not receive a majority vote of the total number of members of the Federation Council, it shall be rejected. This decision shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

5. The Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation shall be regarded as dismissed if the majority of the total number of members of the Federation Council voted for his/her dismissal as a result of secret voting.

6. The dismissal of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council, which shall be published in the press (as amended by Resolution No. 607-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 25 December 2015).

7. The Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation shall be regarded as dismissed from the time the Federation Council adopts the corresponding resolution.

 

Article 187. Procedure for resolving disagreements that arise during the appointment and dismissal of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation 

If the Federation Council rejects a candidate nominated by the President of the Russian Federation for appointment as Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation or a proposal from the President of the Russian Federation to dismiss the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, the Federation Council may decide to invite the President of the Russian Federation to hold consultations in order to resolve any disagreements that have arisen, which shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council. The Speaker of the Federation Council shall send this resolution to the President of the Russian Federation within three days. In order to hold consultations, the Federation Council shall form a group of members of the Federation Council or instruct the Speaker of the Federation Council to hold consultations.

 

Article 1871. Procedure for the appointment and dismissal of the First Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation and the Chairperson of the Investigative Committee under the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation 

(Article 1871 excluded in accordance with Resolution No. 443-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 25 November 2011).

 

Article 188. Procedure for the appointment and dismissal of the First Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation and a Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation 

1. The First Deputy of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation and a Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation shall be appointed and dismissed by the Federation Council based on a recommendation from the President of the Russian Federation.

2. Candidates for appointment as the First Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation and a Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation shall be submitted to the Federation Council by the President of the Russian Federation or the plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council.

3. The Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation may attend a sitting of the Federation Council during the consideration of the appointment and dismissal of the First Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation or a Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation.

4. The Federation Council shall consider the appointment and dismissal of the First Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation and a Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation in the manner prescribed by these Rules of Procedure for the consideration of issues concerning the appointment and dismissal of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation.

5. The appointment and dismissal of the First Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation and a Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation shall be documented by resolutions of the Federation Council, which shall be published in the press.

6. If a candidate nominated by the President of the Russian Federation for appointment as First Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation or a Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation does not receive the required number of votes of members of the Federation Council, the President of the Russian Federation shall submit a new candidate to the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation within 30 days.

(Article 188 as amended by Resolution No. 607-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 25 December 2015).

 

Chapter 26
PROCEDURE FOR THE APPOINTMENT AND DISMISSAL BY THE FEDERATION COUNCIL OF A DEPUTY CHAIRMAN OF THE ACCOUNTS CHAMBER OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION AND HALF THE STAFF OF AUDITORS OF THE ACCOUNTS CHAMBER OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION 

(Chapter 26 as amended by Resolution No. 110-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 17 April 2013).

Article 189. Powers of the Federation Council to appoint and dismiss a Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation and half the staff of auditors of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation 

In accordance with clause i, Part 1, Article 102 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the jurisdiction of the Federation Council shall include the appointment and dismissal of a Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation and half the staff of auditors of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation.

 

Article 190. Nomination by the President of the Russian Federation of candidates for appointment as a Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation and an auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation

1. Candidates for appointment as a Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation and an auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation shall be considered by the Federation Council based on a recommendation from the President of the Russian Federation.

Candidates for appointment as a Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation and an auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation shall be submitted to the President of the Russian Federation by the Council of the Chamber based on proposals from the committees of the Federation Council. At least three candidates for appointment as Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation shall be submitted to the President of the Russian Federation.

Nominations of candidates for appointment as a Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation and an auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation shall be sent by the committees of the Federation Council to the Committee of the Federation Council on the Budget and Financial Markets, which shall provide a conclusion on each candidate, form a list of candidates, and present it at a sitting of the Council of the Chamber.

2. The Federation Council shall consider the appointment of a Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation and an auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation within 30 days from the day following the day on which a recommendation was received from the President of the Russian Federation.

3. The Speaker of the Federation Council shall include the appointment of a Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation and an auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation in the draft agenda of a sitting of the Federation Council.

 

Article 191. Discussion in the Committee of the Federation Council on the Budget and Financial Markets of candidates for appointment as a Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation and an auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation 

Candidates nominated by the President of the Russian Federation for appointment as a Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation and an auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation shall be preliminarily discussed by the Committee of the Federation Council on the Budget and Financial Markets, which shall prepare conclusions on the nominated candidates. Candidates for a Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation and an auditors of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation may be invited to attend this committee sitting.

 

Article 192. Consideration of the appointment of a Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation and an auditor the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation at a sitting of the Federation Council

1. The consideration of the appointment of a Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation and an auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation at a sitting of the Federation Council shall begin with the presentation of the candidate nominated by the President of the Russian Federation and a speech by the President of the Russian Federation or the plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council. The floor shall then be yielded to the chairperson, first deputy chairperson, or a deputy committee chair of the Federation Council on the Budget and Financial Markets to announce the committee’s conclusion.

(Part 1 as amended by Resolution No. 607-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 25 December 2015).

2. During the discussion, members of the Federation Council shall pose questions to the President of the Russian Federation or the plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council, the speaker from the Committee of the Federation Council on the Budget and Financial Markets, and the candidate for Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation and auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation and shall also speak out in favour of or against the appointment of the nominated candidate.

3. Following the discussion of the candidate nominated by the President of the Russian Federation for appointment as a Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation or an auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation, secret voting shall be held.

4. A Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation or an auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation shall be regarded as appointed if the majority of the total number of members of the Federation Council voted for the candidate nominated by the President of the Russian Federation.

5. The appointment as a Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation or an auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

6. If a candidate nominated by the President of the Russian Federation does not receive the necessary number of votes by members of the Federation Council, the candidate shall be rejected. This decision shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

 

Article 193. Re-submission to the President of the Russian Federation of candidates for appointment as a Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation and an auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation

If the candidates nominated by the President of the Russian Federation for appointment as a Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation or an auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation do not receive the required number of votes by members of the Federation Council, the Council of the Chamber shall submit new candidates to the President of the Russian Federation for appointment as a Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation or an auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation in the manner envisaged by clause 2, Part 1, Article 190 of these Rules of Procedure.

 

Article 1931. Consideration of the early dismissal of a Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation and an auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation

1. The Federation Council shall consider the early dismissal of a Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation or auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation appointed to this position by the Federation Council based on a recommendation from the President of the Russian Federation.

2. A recommendation from the President of the Russian Federation on the early dismissal of a Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation or an auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation shall be preliminarily discussed by the Committee of the Federation Council on the Budget and Financial Markets, which shall prepare the relevant conclusion.

3. The consideration of the early dismissal of a Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation or an auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation at a sitting of the Federation Council shall begin with a speech by the President of the Russian Federation or the plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council. The floor shall then be yielded to the chairperson, first deputy chairperson, or a deputy committee chair of the Federation Council on the Budget and Financial Markets to announce the committee’s conclusion.

(Part 3 as amended by Resolution No. 607-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 25 December 2015).

4. When considering the early dismissal of a Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation or an auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation, the sitting of the Federation Council may be attended by the Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation or auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation, who shall be given the floor upon request.

5. During the discussion, members of the Federation Council shall pose questions to the President of the Russian Federation or the plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council, the speaker from the Committee of the Federation Council on the Budget and Financial Markets, the Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation , and the auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation and shall also speak out in favour of or against the early dismissal of the Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation or auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation.

6. A Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation or an auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation shall be regarded as dismissed if the majority of the members of the Federation Council voted for his/her early dismissal as a result of secret voting.

7. The early dismissal of a Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation or an auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

8. If the proposal of the President of the Russian Federation on the early dismissal of a Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation or an auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation does not receive a majority of votes from the total number of members of the­ Federation Council, the proposal shall be rejected. This decision shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

9. If a vacant position opens up for an auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation from among those appointed by the Federation Council, the Council of the Chamber shall submit a candidate to the President of the Russian Federation for appointment as an auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation within 30 days in the manner prescribed by these Rules of Procedure.

 

Article 1932. Procedure for resolving disagreements that arise during the appointment and early dismissal of a Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation or auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation 

If the Federation Council rejects a candidate nominated by the President of the Russian Federation for appointment as a Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation or an auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation or a proposal from the President of the Russian Federation on the early dismissal of a Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation or an auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation, the Federation Council may decide to invite the President of the Russian Federation to hold consultations in order to resolve any disagreements that have arisen, which shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council. The Speaker of the Federation Council shall send this resolution to the President of the Russian Federation within three days. In order to hold consultations, the Federation Council shall form a group of members of the Federation Council or instruct the Speaker of the Federation Council to hold consultations.

 

Article 1933. Revocation of the immunity of a Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation and auditors of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation

1. The revocation of the immunity of a Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation and auditors of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation appointed by the Federation Council shall be resolved by the Federation Council based on a recommendation from the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation.

2. The Committee of the Federation Council on the Budget and Financial Markets jointly with the Committee of the Federation Council on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building shall consider this recommendation and prepare a conclusion on it as well as draft resolution of the Federation Council within one week from the date of its receipt from the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation. Additional materials may be requested from the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, if necessary.

(Part 2 as amended by Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014).

3. The draft resolution of the Federation Council shall set forth one of the following proposals:

a) to consent to the detention, arrest, and prosecution of a Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation or auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation;

b) to refuse to consent to the detention, arrest, and prosecution of a Deputy Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation or auditors of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation.

4. The draft resolution shall be considered at a sitting of the Federation Council. A decision shall be deemed to be adopted if the majority of the total number of members of the Federation Council voted for it.

 

Chapter 27
PROCEDURE FOR THE APPOINTMENT AND DISMISSAL BY THE FEDERATION COUNCIL OF MEMBERS OF THE CENTRAL ELECTION COMMISSION OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION 

(Chapter 27 as amended by Resolution No. 607-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 25 December 2015).

Article 194. Powers of the Federation Council to appoint members of the of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation 

In accordance with the Federal Law “On the Basic Guarantees of Electoral Rights and the Right to Participate in the Referendum for Citizens of the Russian Federation”, the Federation Council shall appoint the five members of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation.

 

Article 195. Nomination of candidates for appointment as members of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation

1. Candidates for appointment as members of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall be proposed to the Federation Council by the legislative (representative) bodies of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation and highest officials of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation (heads of the highest executive authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation), which shall send the relevant decisions to the Federation Council.

2. The Speaker of the Federation Council shall include the issue of appointing members of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation in the draft agenda of a sitting of the chamber.

 

Article 196. Compilation of a list of candidates for appointment as members of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation 

1. The Committee of the Federation Council on House Rules and Parliamentary Governance shall compile a list of candidates for appointment as members of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation based on proposals from the legislative (representative) bodies of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation and highest officials of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation (heads of the highest executive authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation) and submit it to the Federation Council.

(Part 1 as amended by Resolution No. 457-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 22 November 2017).

2. The Committee chair of the Federation Council on the House Rules and Parliamentary Performance Management shall convey the committee’s conclusions on the candidates included in the list to the chamber.

(Part 2 as amended by Resolution No. 457-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 22 November 2017).

3. A discussion may be held on the candidates included in the list based on the decision of the Federation Council.

 

Article 197. Procedure for voting on candidates for appointment as members of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation

1. Secret voting shall be held on candidates for appointment as members of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation.

2. Voting shall be held in two stages if the number of candidates for appointment as members of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation is greater than the number of vacant seats.

3. During the first stage, secret preferential voting shall be held to prioritize the inclusion of candidates in the secret ballot for appointment as members of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation (hereinafter referred to as the secret ballot).

4. Based on the results of the first stage of voting, the candidates shall be placed in the secret ballot in descending order in terms of the number of votes cast for each of the candidates.

5. Voting during the second stage shall be held separately for each candidate included in the secret ballot and shall be considered completed when a member of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation has been appointed for each vacant seat or a vote has been held on all candidates included in the list.

 

Article 198. Adoption of a decision on the appointment of a member of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation

1. A member of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall be deemed appointed if the majority of the total number of members of the Federation Council voted for the candidate. The appointment of a member of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

2. If one member or more members of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation are not appointed based on the results of all the voting conducted, the appointment procedure shall be repeated starting with nominations.

 

Article 199. Consideration of the dismissal of a member of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation

1. The dismissal of a member of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall be considered by the Federation Council in cases stipulated by the Federal Law “On Basic Guarantees of Electoral Rights and the Right to Participate in a Referendum for Citizens of the Russian Federation”. The decision on the dismissal of a member of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall be adopted by secret voting.

2. A member of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall be regarded as dismissed if more than half the total number of members of the Federation Council voted for his/her dismissal. The decision of the Federation Council on the dismissal of a member of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

 

Chapter 271
PROCEDURE FOR THE APPOINTMENT BY THE FEDERATION COUNCIL OF PUBLIC SPOKESPERSON MEMBERS OF THE HIGHER QUALIFICATION BOARD OF JUDGES OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION 

(Chapter 271 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 246-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 May 2002).

Article 1991. Powers of the Federation Council to appoint public spokesperson members of the Higher Qualification Board of Judges of the Russian Federation 

In accordance with Article 11 of the Federal Law “On the Bodies of the Judiciary in the Russian Federation”, the Federation Council shall appoint ten public spokesperson members of the Higher Qualification Board of Judges of the Russian Federation.


Article 1992. Nomination of candidates for appointment as public spokesperson members of the Higher Qualification Board of Judges of the Russian Federation

1. An announcement about vacancies among public spokesperson members of the Higher Qualification Board of Judges of the Russian Federation appointed by the Federation Council and the deadlines for the nomination of candidates for appointment shall be published in Rossiyskaya Gazeta and the Parliamentary Gazette.

2. Candidates for public spokespersons for appointment as members of the Higher Qualification Board of Judges of the Russian Federation shall be proposed to the Federation Council by national public legal organizations and national public organizations whose main statutory goal is to protect the rights and freedoms of an individual and citizen who has state registration in accordance with the Federal Law “On Public Associations” as well as scientific and pedagogical teams of legal scientific organizations and juridical educational institutions.

3. Each national public organization and each scientific pedagogical team specified in Part 2 of this Article shall submit no more than one nomination to the Federation Council. National public organizations shall also submit their statutory documents to the Federation Council.

4. The Chairperson of the Council of Federation shall include the appointment of public spokesperson members of the Higher Qualification Board of Judges of the Russian Federation in the draft agenda of a sitting of the chamber.

 

Article 1993. Preliminary discussion of candidates for public spokespersons to be appointed members of the Higher Qualification Board of Judges of the Russian Federation 

(name of Article 1993 as amended by Resolutions No. 152-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004 and No. 47-SF dated 1 March 2017)

1. The Committee of the Federation Council on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building shall hold a preliminary discussion on candidates for public spokespersons for appointment as members of the Higher Qualification Board of Judges of the Russian Federation. Candidates shall be discussed taking into account the requirements established by Article 11 of the Federal Law “On the Bodies of the Judiciary in the Russian Federation”.

(Part 1 as amended by Resolution No. 47-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 1 March 2017).

2. Public spokespersons who are proposed to be appointed members of the Higher Qualification Board of Judges of the Russian Federation may be invited to attend a sitting of the Committee of the Federation Council on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building (as amended by Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014).

3. The Committee of the Federation Council on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building shall provide conclusions on the candidates nominated to be appointed members of the Higher Qualification Board of Judges of the Russian Federation.

(Part 3 as amended by Resolution No. 47-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 1 March 2017).

(Article 1993 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 1994. Consideration of the appointment of public spokesperson members of the Higher Qualification Board of Judges of the Russian Federation at a sitting of the Federation Council

1. The consideration of the appointment of public spokesperson members of the Higher Qualification Board of Judges of the Russian Federation at a sitting of the Federation Council shall begin with the nomination by the Committee of the Federation Council on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building of candidates for appointment as members of the Higher Qualification Board of Judges of the Russian Federation. A discussion shall be held on each candidate. A discussion of candidates may not be held based on the decision of the Federation Council­.

(Part 1 as amended by Resolutions No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011 and No. 127-SF dated 16 April 2014).

2. During the discussion, the members of the Federation Council may pose questions to the candidates and the speaker from the Committee of the Federation Council on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building and also speak out in favour of or against the candidates nominated (as amended by Resolutions No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011 and No. 127-SF dated 16 April 2014).

3. Secret voting shall be held for each candidate nominated for appointment as a member of the Higher Qualification Board of Judges of the Russian Federation.

31. (Part 31 excluded in accordance with Resolution No. 47-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 1 March 2017).

32. (Part 32 excluded in accordance with Resolution No. 47-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 1 March 2017).

33. (Part 33 excluded in accordance with Resolution No. 47-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 1 March 2017).

4. A candidate shall be considered appointed as a public spokesman member of the Higher Qualification Board of Judges of the Russian Federation if the majority of the total number of members of the Federation Council voted for this candidate (as amended by Resolution No. 152-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004).

5. If a candidate nominated for appointment as a member of the Higher Qualification Board of Judges of the Russian Federation does not receive the required number of votes by members of the Federation Council during voting, the Committee of the Federation Council on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building shall submit a new candidate to the Federation Council in the manner prescribed by this chapter.

(Part 5 as amended by Resolution No. 47-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 1 March 2017).

6. The appointment of a member of the Higher Qualification Board of Judges of the Russian Federation shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

 

Article 1995. Consideration of the early termination of the powers of a public spokesperson member of the Higher Qualification Board of Judges of the Russian Federation appointed by the Federation Council

1. The early termination of the powers of a public spokesperson member of the Higher Qualification Board of Judges of the Russian Federation appointed by the Federation Council shall be considered by the Federation Council in cases envisaged by the Federal Law “On the Bodies of the Judiciary in the Russian Federation”.

2. The early termination of the powers of a public spokesperson member of the Higher Qualification Board of Judges of the Russian Federation appointed by the Federation Council shall be considered at a sitting of the Federation Council in the manner prescribed by this chapter for the appointment of such members of the Higher Qualification Board of Judges of the Russian Federation.

3. The powers of a public spokesperson member of the Higher Qualification Board of Judges of the Russian Federation shall be terminated early if more than half of the total number of members of the Federation Council voted for this decision.

4. The decision of the Federation Council on the early termination of the powers of a public spokesperson member of the Higher Qualification Board of Judges of the Russian Federation shall documented by a resolution of the Federation Council. 

 

Chapter 28
PROCEDURE FOR THE CONSIDERATION BY THE FEDERATION COUNCIL OF MATTERS RELATED TO FOREIGN POLICY AND INTERPARLIAMENTARY COOPERATION

Article 200. Powers of the Federation Council on matters concerning the ratification and denunciation of international treaties of the Russian Federation 

In accordance with clause d, Article 106 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, federal laws adopted by the State Duma on the ratification and denunciation of international treaties of the Russian Federation shall be subject to mandatory consideration by the Federation Council. Such federal laws shall be considered by the Federation Council in the manner prescribed by these Rules of Procedure.

 

Article 201. Consideration by the Federation Council of legislative acts adopted by international parliamentary organizations established by member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States

1. The Federation Council shall consider proposals prepared by the Committee of the Federation Council on Foreign Affairs and other committees of the Federation Council in accordance with their jurisdiction on legislative acts adopted by the Parliament of the Union State and the Interparliamentary Assembly of the Eurasian Economic Community as well as standard legislative acts adopted by the Interparliamentary Assembly of the Member Nations of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

2. Based on the results of the consideration of the proposals specified in Part 1 of this article, the Federation Council may instruct the relevant committee of the Federation Council to draft a bill in the procedure used by the Federation Council to exercise the right to a legislative initiative.

(Article 201 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 202 Cooperation of the Federation Council with the parliaments of foreign states and international parliamentary organizations

1. The Federation Council shall cooperate with the parliaments of foreign states and international parliamentary organizations in accordance with the plan for interparliamentary cooperation, which is approved annually by the Council of the Chamber based on a proposal from the Speaker of the Federation Council. The draft plan for interparliamentary cooperation shall be preliminarily considered by the Committee of the Federation Council on Foreign Affairs and the Committee of the Federation Council on House Rules and Parliamentary Governance (in terms of financial support), which shall take into account the proposals of other committees of the Federation Council and submitted to the Council of the Chamber after approval by the committees of the Federation Council.

All the committees of the Federation Council shall take part in implementing the plan for interparliamentary cooperation.

(Part 1 as amended by Resolutions No. 85-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 March 2006 and No. 568-SF dated 27 December 2011).

2. The Federation Council may conclude agreements on interparliamentary cooperation and exchange parliamentary delegations. Such agreements shall be concluded in the manner prescribed by the Rules of Procedure approved by the Speaker of the Federation Council.

(Part 2 as amended by Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014).

21. The Council of the Chamber shall determine the procedure for forming delegations of the Federation Council in the delegations of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation in international parliamentary organizations and approve their members based on a proposal from the Speaker of the Federation Council as well as the Committee of the Federation Council on Foreign Affairs.

(Part 21 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 85-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 March 2006; as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

22. The Council of the Chamber shall approve the Rules of Procedure coordinated with the State Duma on the Russian parts of interparliamentary commissions for the bilateral cooperation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation with the parliaments of foreign countries based on a proposal from the Speaker of the Federation Council as well as the Committee of the Federation Council on Foreign Affairs.

(Part 22 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 85-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 March 2006; as amended by Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014).

23. The Federation Council may establish groups for cooperation between the Federation Council and the parliaments (chambers of parliaments) of foreign states in accordance with the Rules of Procedure approved by the Council of the Chamber based on the recommendation of the Speaker of the Federation Council. Groups for cooperation between the Federation Council and the parliaments (chambers of parliament) of foreign states shall coordinate their work with the relevant associations of deputies of the State Duma (as amended by Resolutions No. 85-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 March 2006 and No. 260-SF dated 6 July 2007).

3. The Speaker of the Federation Council shall hold sittings on issues of concerning interparliamentary cooperation to enhance the effectiveness of cooperation between the Federation Council and the parliaments of foreign countries and international parliamentary organizations.

The procedure for holding such sittings as well as implementing the decisions adopted at them shall be established by a directive of the Speaker of the Federation Council.

(Part 3 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 152-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004).

4. International forums, conferences, seminars, days of foreign parliaments in the Federation Council, days of the Federation Council in foreign parliaments, and other events may be held within the framework of interparliamentary cooperation.

(Part 4 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 85-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 March 2006).

 

Article 203. Sending of delegations of the Federation Council abroad

1. In accordance with the annual plan for interparliamentary cooperation approved by the Council of the Chamber, the Council of the Chamber shall approve the members of delegations from the Federation Council sent abroad, the leaders of these delegations, their deputies and accompanying persons as well as determine the scope of their powers and travel expenses based on the recommendation of the Speaker of the Federation Council as well as the Committee of the Federation Council on Foreign Affairs (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

Delegations from the Federation Council and members of the Federation Council shall be sent abroad in accordance with the Rules of Procedure approved by the Speaker of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014).

2. Directives on official and business visits made within the framework of an interparliamentary exchange as well as on the sending of members of the Federation Council abroad shall be issued by the Speaker of the Federation Council or, based on the Chairperson’s instructions, by the First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council or by a Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council. The powers of the delegations of the Federation Council sent abroad shall be approved by the Speaker of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolutions No. 152-SF of the Federation Council dated 26 May 2004 and No. 149-SF dated 29 April 2009).

3. A delegation from the Federation Council shall submit a report on the outcome of a visit to the Speaker of the Federation Council. At the initiative of the Council of the Chamber, this report may be submitted for consideration by the Federation Council or distributed as information to members of the Federation Council.

 

Article 204. Rules of Procedure on delegations (deputations) of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation in international parliamentary organizations 

(Article 204 repealed in accordance with Resolution No. 85-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 24 March 2006).

 

Article 205 Reception of delegations from foreign states and international organizations to the Federation Council

1. Decisions on the reception of delegations of parliaments (chambers of parliaments) from foreign states and international parliamentary organizations to the Federation Council shall be adopted by the Council of the Chamber (as amended by Resolution No. 127-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal­ Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 16 April 2014).

3. The heads of parliaments of foreign states and heads of foreign states visiting the Federation Council may be given the opportunity to speak at a sitting of the Federation Council upon request. The Council of the Chamber shall include this issue in the draft agenda of the sitting of the Federation Council based on a proposal from the Speaker of the Federation Council as well as the Committee of the Federation Council on Foreign Affairs.

(Part 3 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

4. The committee of the Federation Council responsible for receiving these delegations at the Federation Council shall send the Council of the Chamber information about the outcome of the reception (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 2051. Consideration by the Federation Council of proposals on special economic measures

1. Based on an initiative from the Speaker of the Federation Council, the Council of the Chamber, or a committee of the Federation Council, the chamber may submit proposals to the President of the Russian Federation on the use of special economic measures, enhancing the effectiveness of the use of special economic measures, or the cancellation and/or modification of special economic measures (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

2. The Speaker of the Federation Council shall send an initiative to the committees of the Federation Council and determine the committee responsible for preparing a conclusion (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

3. The decision to submit the proposals specified in Part 1 of this Article to the President of the Russian Federation shall be adopted by the Federation Council by a majority vote of the total number of members of the Federation Council and documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

(Article 2051 introduced in accordance with Resolution No. 260-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 6 July 2007).

 

Chapter 29
PROCEDURE FOR HOLDING CONSULTATIONS IN THE FEDERATION COUNCIL ON MATTERS CONCERNING THE APPOINTMENT AND RECALL OF DIPLOMATIC REPRESENTATIVES OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION IN FOREIGN STATES AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Article 206. Powers of the Federation Council on matters concerning the appointment and recall of diplomatic representatives of the Russian Federation in foreign states and international organizations

In accordance with clause l, Article 83 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the appointment and recall of diplomatic representatives of the Russian Federation in foreign states and international organizations (hereinafter referred to as diplomatic representatives) shall be carried out by the President of the Russian Federation after consultation with the relevant committees of the chambers of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 207. Consultations by the Committee of the Federation Council on Foreign Affairs on the appointment and recall of diplomatic representatives

1. The Committee of the Federation Council on Foreign Affairs shall hold consultations during a closed sitting on the appointment and recall of diplomatic representatives by the President of the Russian Federation based on a proposal from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. The plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council and a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation shall participate in the closed sitting of the committee.

2. The Committee of the Federation Council on Foreign Affairs shall hold consultations on the appointment of a diplomatic representative in the presence (in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation) of a candidate for appointment as a diplomatic representative.

3. The plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council shall present the candidate for appointment as a diplomatic representative and the proposal of the President of the Russian Federation on the recall of a diplomatic representative at a sitting of the Committee of the Federation Council on Foreign Affairs. A representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation shall present a report at the sitting of the committee.

4. Following consultations on the appointment and recall of a diplomatic representative by the President of the Russian Federation, the Committee of the Federation Council on Foreign Affairs shall give recommendations that shall be sent to the President of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation within three days.

(Article 207 as amended by Resolution No. 345-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 25 July 2017).

 

Chapter 30
PROCEDURE FOR THE CONSIDERATION BY THE FEDERATION COUNCIL OF DRAFT AGREEMENTS BETWEEN THE STATE AUTHORITIES OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION AND STATE AUTHORITIES OF THE CONSTITUENT ENTITIES OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION ON THE DELIMITATION OF JURISDICTION AND POWERS 

(Chapter 30 excluded in accordance with Resolution No. 152-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 26 May 2004).

 

Chapter 31
PROCEDURE FOR THE PREPARATION, CONSIDERATION, AND ADOPTION OF AN APPEAL OF THE FEDERATION COUNCIL TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

Article 211. Appeal of the Federation Council to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation

1. The Federation Council may appeal to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation:

a) with requests on compliance with the Constitution of the Russian Federation of:

federal laws and regulatory legal acts of the President of the Russian Federation, the State Duma, and the Government of the Russian Federation;

the constitutions of republics as well as the statutes, laws, and other regulatory acts of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation issued on issues falling within the jurisdiction of the state authorities of the Russian Federation and the joint jurisdiction of the state authorities of the Russian Federation and the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation;

agreements between the state authorities of the Russian Federation and the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation as well as agreements between the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation;

international treaties of the Russian Federation that have not entered into force;

b) with petitions to resolve disputes concerning competence between the Federation Council, the federal state authorities, and the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation;

c) with requests for interpretation of the Constitution of the Russian Federation;

d) with a request for the observance of the established procedure for filing charges of treason or another grave crime against the President of the Russian Federation.

2. The Federation Council may not send the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation an appeal concerning a subject on which the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation previously issued a resolution that remains in force.

 

Article 212. Proposal for the Federation Council to appeal to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation

1. A proposal for the Federation Council to appeal to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation may be submitted to the Federation Council for consideration by a committee of the Federation Council, the Speaker of the Federation Council, or a group of at least ten members of the Federation Council (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

The basis for preparing a proposal for the Federation Council to appeal to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation shall include uncertainty detected on whether a law, other regulatory act, agreement between the state authorities, or an international treaty of the Russian Federation that has not entered into force complies with the Constitution of the Russian Federation, a contradiction found in the positions of the parties about the affiliation of powers in disputes over competence, uncertainty detected in the understanding of the provisions of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, or the filing by the State Duma of charges of treason or another grave crime against the President of the Russian Federation­.

 

Article 213. Draft resolution of the Federation Council on an appeal of the Federation Council to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation

1. The Speaker of the Federation Council shall send a proposal on an appeal of the Federation Council to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation or a draft resolution of the Federation Council on sending a request or petition to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation in order to include the relevant issue in the draft agenda of a sitting of the Federation Council.

2. The draft resolution of the Federation Council shall be accompanied by a draft request or petition to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation prepared in accordance with the requirements set forth in Articles 37 and 38 of the Federal Constitutional Law “On the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation” as well as other documents and materials.

 

Article 214. Consideration of an appeal of the Federation Council to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation

1. A draft resolution of the Federation Council, a draft request or petition to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, and other documents and materials shall be preliminarily discussed by the Committee of the Federation Council on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building, which shall prepare a conclusion on them (as amended by Resolutions No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011 and No. 127-SF dated 16 April 2014).

2. The consideration of an appeal of the Federation Council to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation at a sitting of the Federation Council shall begin with a speech by one of the initiators of this proposal. The floor shall then be yielded to the chairperson or deputy committee chair of the Federation Council on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building to announce the committee’s conclusion.

(Part 2 as amended by Resolutions No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011 and No. 127-SF dated 16 April 2014).

3. During the discussion, members of the Federation Council shall pose questions to the speakers and speak out in favour of or against the adoption of this appeal.

 

Article 215. Adoption of a resolution of the Federation Council on sending a request or petition of the Federation Council to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation

1. The Federation Council shall adopt a resolution on sending a request or petition of the Federation Council to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, a request or petition of the Federation Council to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation as well as a resolution on the appointment of a representative(s) of the Federation Council when considering an appeal of the Federation Council to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation.

2. A committee of the Federation Council, the Speaker of the Federation Council, or a group of at least ten members of the Federation Council who are initiators of the proposal to send an appeal of the Federation Council to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation shall submit nominations for candidates to be appointed as a representative(s) of the Federation Council when considering an appeal of the Federation Council to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation in consultation with the Committee of the Federation Council on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building (as amended by Resolutions No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011 and No. 127-SF dated 16 April 2014).

 

Article 216. Petition to resolve a dispute over competence 

The Federation Council may decide to appeal to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation with a petition to resolve a dispute over the competence given the existence of one of the following conditions:

a) if the parties were unable to reach an agreement within a month from the date on which the Federation Council sent a written proposal to resolve a dispute concerning competence through conciliation procedures with the state authorities, or if the other party refused to participate in the conciliation procedures;

b) if the President of the Russian Federation did not make use of the conciliation procedures envisaged by Part 1, Article 85 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation to resolve this dispute, or if such procedures were applied, but did not result in the resolution of the dispute.

 

Article 217. Sending a request to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation for a conclusion on the observance of the established procedure for filing charges against the President of the Russian Federation

1. If the Federation Council receives a decision from the State Duma on the filing of charges against the President of the Russian Federation for treason or another grave crime that is confirmed by a conclusion of the Supreme Council of the Russian Federation on the existence of signs of a crime in the actions of the President of the Russian Federation, the Federation Council shall consider filing a request with the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation for a conclusion on compliance with the established procedure for filing charges.

2. The Speaker of the Federation Council shall convene an extraordinary sitting of the Federation Council within a period sufficient for the Federation Council to send a request to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, but no later than one month from the day on which the State Duma decided to file charges against the President of the Russian Federation if no regular sitting of the Federation Council is planned during this period.

3. The issue of sending a request to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation on compliance with the established procedure for filing charges of treason or another grave crime against the President of the Russian Federation shall be included in the agenda of the corresponding sitting of the Federation Council on a priority basis without discussion or voting.

 

Article 218. Request to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation from one-fifth of the members of the Federation Council 

According to Part 2, Article 125 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, a request on the compliance of the regulatory acts and agreements specified in this Article with the Constitution of the Russian Federation may be sent to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation by one-fifth of the members of the Federation Council. In this case, the request shall be signed by the members of the Federation Council sending it to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation with an indication of the surname, name, and patronymic of each member of the Federation Council and the name of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation represented by the member of the Federation Council.

Article 219. Information on the decision of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation adopted based on an appeal of the Federation Council

The decision of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation adopted based on an appeal of the Federation Council shall be conveyed to the members of the chamber by the Speaker of the Federation Council at a regular sitting of the Federation Council after this decision is received by the Federation Council.

 

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PROCEDURE FOR THE ADOPTION OF THESE RULES OF PROCEDURE AND AMENDMENTS AND ADDITIONS THERETO

Article 220 Adoption of these Rules of Procedure and amendments and additions thereto

1. These Rules of Procedure shall be adopted at a sitting of the Federation Council by a majority vote of the total number of members of the Federation Council. The decision to adopt these Rules of Procedure shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

2. Amendments and additions to these Rules of Procedure shall be adopted at a sitting of the Federation Council by a majority vote of the total number of members of the Federation Council. The decision to introduce the amendments and additions to these Rules of Procedure shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

 

Article 221. Procedure for the consideration of proposals on amendments and additions to these Rules of Procedure

1. Proposals on amendments or additions to these Rules of Procedure shall be submitted in writing to the Committee of the Federation Council on House Rules and Parliamentary Governance by a committee of the Federation Council, a group of members of the Federation Council, or a member of the Federation Council and shall be considered at the next sitting of this committee.

2. The committee of the Federation Council, group of members of the Federation Council, or member of the Federation Council who submitted the proposals specified in Part 1 of this Article may specify them during their consideration by the Committee of the Federation Council on House Rules and Parliamentary Governance.

3. The Committee of the Federation Council on House Rules and Parliamentary Governance shall be authorized to recommend that the Federation Council accept or reject the proposals that have been received.

4. The issue of making amendments or additions to these Rules of Procedure shall be included in the draft agenda of the next sitting of the Federation Council based on a proposal from the Speaker of the Federation Council or the Committee of the Federation Council on House Rules and Parliamentary Governance.

(Article 221 as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).

 

Article 222. Clarifications concerning the provisions of these Rules of Procedure 

Clarifications concerning the provisions of these Rules of Procedure shall be given by the Committee of the Federation Council on House Rules and Parliamentary Governance and may be approved by a resolution of the Federation Council based on the chamber’s decision (as amended by Resolution No. 568-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 27 December 2011).