BILL TO GRANT VLADIMIR PUTIN LIFETIME IMMUNITY PASSES FIRST READING
Russia's lower House of Parliament on Tuesday, November 17 passed in its first reading a bill that would grant former presidents and their families lifetime immunity.
If this bill is finally passed to law, former presidents in Russia and their families would not be held responsible or tried in a court for crimes committed during their lifetime.
They will also be exempt from searches, arrests and interrogations.
Beneficiaries of this immunity can only be stripped of immunity if charged with a grave offence like treason, the bill says.
The Upper House of Parliament must ratify this bill with support from two-thirds majority for it to become law.
President Vladimir Putin was recently awarded the right to seek re-election for two more terms after his tenure ends in 2024.