Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation

Rules of Procedure of the Federation Council

(as amended on 13 April 2022)

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

Resolution No. 492-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 6 November 2019

Resolution No. 571-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 11 December 2019

Resolution No. 12-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 22 January 2020

Resolution No. 217-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 20 May 2020

Resolution No. 310-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 15 July 2020

Resolution No. 432-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 7 October 2020

Resolution No. 492-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 18 November 2020

Resolution No. 24-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 17 February 2021

Resolution No. 204-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 19 May 2021

Resolution No. 130-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 13 April 2022


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

Chairman of the Federation Council. First Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council. Deputy Chairmen 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 Chairman of the Federation Council, First Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council, and the Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council with the Chairmen of the Federation Council Committees (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 952–953Excluded

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 senators of the Russian Federation (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 consideration by the Federation Council of the issue of removal of the President of the Russian Federation from office and deprivation of the inviolability of the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers (Articles 167–171)

Chapter 24

Procedure for the appointment by the Federation Council to the position of the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairmen of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, judges of the Economic Court of the Commonwealth of Independent States. Procedure for approval by the Federation Council on the proposal of the President of the Russian Federation of members of the Presidium of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation. Procedure for termination by the Federation Council of powers of the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairmen of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, chairmen, deputy chairmen, and judges of the cassation courts of general jurisdiction, courts of appeal of general jurisdiction, military court of cassation, military court of appeal, arbitration courts of districts, arbitration courts of appeal, and the Intellectual Property Rights Court in the event of committing an act that discredits the honor and dignity of a judge, as well as in other cases provided for by the federal constitutional law indicating that the judge cannot exercise his powers (Articles 172–1782)

Chapter 25

Procedure for holding consultations in the Federation Council on candidates submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for the position of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, public prosecutors of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, public prosecutors of military and other specialized public prosecutor’s offices equivalent to the public prosecutors of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation (Articles 179–188)

Chapter 251

Procedure for holding consultations in the Federation Council on candidates submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for the position of heads of the federal executive bodies (including federal ministers) dealing with defense, state security, internal affairs, justice, foreign affairs, prevention of emergency situations, elimination of consequences of natural disasters, and public security (Articles 1881–1883)

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.

2. The Federation Council exercises state power in the Russian Federation within the limits established by the Constitution of the Russian.

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.

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, the Federation Council consists of senators of the Russian Federation.

2. The Federation Council consists of:

a) two representatives from each constituent entity of the Russian Federation, i.e. one from the legislative (representative) body and one from executive body of state power, for the term of office of the relevant body;

b) the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers due to the expiration of his term of office or prematurely in the event of his resignation (hereinafter referred to as the “President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers”) — for life. The President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers shall be entitled to refuse the powers of a senator of the Russian Federation;

c) no more than 30 representatives of the Russian Federation appointed by the President of the Russian Federation, of which no more than seven may be appointed for life.

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. The senators of the Russian Federation shall not form factions and partisan alliances.

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.

Article 4. Rights, obligations, and basic guarantees of the activities of a senator of the Russian Federation

1. The senator of the Russian Federation shall be provided with conditions for the unhindered and effective exercise of his powers in accordance with the Constitution of the Russian Federation and the Federal Law “On the Status of the Senator of the Russian Federation and the Status of the Deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation”.

2. The senator of the Russian Federation shall be entitled to elect and be elected to elected positions and bodies of the Federation Council.

3. The senator of the Russian Federation shall be entitled to have the right of legislative initiative, which he exercises in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation.

4. Guarantees of unhindered exercise of their powers by Senators of the Russian Federation shall be established by the Constitution of the Russian Federation, federal laws, and these Rules of Procedure.

5. The senator of the Russian Federation shall attend the meetings of the Federation Council and the committee of which he is a member.

6. Prior to the meeting of the Federation Council and the Federation Council Committee of which he is a member, a senator of the Russian Federation shall inform in writing, respectively, the Chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (hereinafter referred to as the “Chairman of the Federation Council”) and the Chairman of the Federation Council Committee of the inability to attend for a valid reason (business trip, illness, marriage registration, birth of a child, death of a family member or a close relative, local emergencies) at a meeting of the chamber or the committee. The absence of a senator of the Russian Federation at a meeting of the Federation Council or the Federation Council Committee of which he is a member for other reasons shall be allowed on the basis of his written request with the consent of the Chairman of the Federation Council or the Chairman of the Federation Council Committee, respectively.

61. Information on the visit by the senator of the Russian Federation to the meetings of the Federation Council or the Federation Council Committee at the end of the session shall be submitted to the Chairman of the Federation Council by the Federation Council Committee on the Rules of Procedure and Parliamentary Governance or the Chairman of the Federation Council Committee, respectively.

62. The Chairman of the Federation Council shall be entitled to send information on the visit by the senator of the Russian Federation to the meetings of the Federation Council or the Federation Council Committee to the state authority of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation, which has made a decision on granting the powers to the senator of the Russian Federation.

7. The senator of the Russian Federation shall take personal part in the meetings of the Federation Council and joint meetings of the chambers of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation or in the meetings of the committees of the Chamber. The senator of the Russian Federation shall be entitled to vote on all issues considered by the Federation Council or the committee of the Chamber of which he is a member.

8. The senator of the Russian Federation shall be entitled to participate in the discussion of all issues considered at meetings of the chamber, Federation Council Committees, and parliamentary hearings to address issues to members and representatives of the Government of the Russian Federation and other persons invited to a meeting of the Chamber to justify their proposals when discussing issues related to the competence of the Chamber, as well as on the voting procedure.

9. In accordance with the Federal Law “On the Status of the Senator of the Russian Federation and the Status of the Deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation”, the senator of the Russian Federation shall be entitled to request and receive information (including on machine-readable media) necessary for carrying out his activities in the Federation Council and the documents adopted by the chambers of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and their bodies.

10. A senator of the Russian Federation acting as the representative of a constituent entity of the Russian Federation shall annually submit, no later than 30 March of the year following the reporting period, to the Federation Council Committee on the Rules of Procedure and Parliamentary Governance, a report (information) on his/her activities to be published on the official website of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (hereinafter referred to as the “official website of the Federation Council”) on the information and telecommunications network the “Internet” (hereinafter referred to as “ Internet”). The specified report (information) shall also be submitted by the senator of the Russian Federation acting as the representative from the constituent entity of the Russian Federation to the state authority of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation, which has made the decision on granting him the powers of the senator of the Russian Federation. Recommendations for the preparation of this report (information) shall be prepared by the Federation Council Committee on the Rules of Procedure and Parliamentary Governance.

Article 5. Commencement and termination of the powers of the senator of the Russian Federation

1. The powers of the senator of the Russian Federation acting as the representative from the constituent entity of the Russian Federation shall commence from the date of entry into force of the decision of the relevant state authority of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation on granting him the powers of the senator of the Russian Federation.

2. The powers of the senator of the Russian Federation acting as the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers shall commence from the date of receipt by the Federation Council of his written statement confirming the decision to exercise the powers of the senator of the Russian Federation.

3. The powers of the senator of the Russian Federation acting as the representative of the Russian Federation shall commence from the date of entry into force of the decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the appointment of the senator of the Russian Federation acting as the representative of the Russian Federation.

4. The powers of the senator of the Russian Federation acting as the representative from the constituent entity of the Russian Federation shall be terminated from the date of entry into force of the decision of the relevant state authority of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation on granting the powers of a new senator of the Russian Federation acting as the representative from this state authority of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation.

5. The powers of the senator of the Russian Federation acting as the representative from the constituent entity of the Russian Federation that has ceased to exist as the 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 be terminated in accordance with the procedure provided for by the relevant federal constitutional law.

6. The powers of the senator of the Russian Federation acting as the representative of the Russian Federation appointed by the decree of the President of the Russian Federation, except for the representative of the Russian Federation exercising the powers of the senator of the Russian Federation for life, shall be terminated after six years from the date of entry into force of this decree.

7. The powers of the senator of the Russian Federation shall be terminated prematurely by the Federation Council on the grounds provided for in Part 1 of Article 4 of the Federal Law “On the Status of the Senator of the Russian Federation and the Status of the Deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation”.

8. Information on the new senators of the Russian Federation and the senators of the Russian Federation acting as representatives from the constituent entities of the Russian Federation whose powers have been terminated due to the empowerment of the new senators of the Russian Federation acting as representatives from the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, as well as on the senators of the Russian Federation acting as representatives of the Russian Federation whose powers have been terminated due to the expiration of the term of office, shall be submitted by the chairman of the meeting of the Federation Council.

Article 6. Submission of the documents on the powers of the senator of the Russian Federation to the Federation Council

1. The state authority of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation, which has made a decision on granting the powers of the senator of the Russian Federation acting as the representative from the constituent entity of the Russian Federation shall submit it to the Federation Council and publishes it on its official website on the Internet no later than the day following the date of entry into force of the decision.

2. In accordance with the Federal Law “On the Procedure for Forming the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation”, the decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the appointment of the senator of the Russian Federation acting as the representative of the Russian Federation shall be submitted to the Federation Council no later than the day following the day of its entry into force and shall be published on the official website of the President of the Russian Federation on the Internet.

3. The Federation Council shall publish the relevant information on the official website of the Federation Council on the Internet no later than the day following the day of receipt of the statement of the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers confirming his decision to exercise the powers of the senator of the Russian Federation.

4. The senator of the Russian Federation acting as the representative from the constituent entity of the Russian Federation within three days from the date of entry into force of the decision on granting him the powers of the senator of the Russian Federation shall submit to the Federation Council and the state authority of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation that made the said decision copies of the application for exemption from duties incompatible with the status of the senator of the Russian Federation.

5. The President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers and made a decision on the exercise of the powers of the senator of the Russian Federation shall submit to the Federation Council an application for exemption from duties incompatible with the status of the senator of the Russian Federation within three days from the date of receipt by the Federation Council of an application for the exercise of the powers of the senator of the Russian Federation.

6. The senator of the Russian Federation acting as the representative of the Russian Federation appointed by the decree of the President of the Russian Federation shall submit to the Federation Council and the President of the Russian Federation copies of the application for exemption from duties incompatible with the status of the senator of the Russian Federation within three days from the date of entry into force of this decree.

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 senator of the Russian Federation on the grounds envisaged by Part 1, Article 4 of Federal Law “On the Status of a Senator 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 senator of the Russian Federation on the grounds envisaged by clauses a, b, and e-i, Part 1, Article 4 of the Federal Law “On the Status of a Senator 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 Federation Council Committee on the Rules of Procedure and Parliamentary Governance.

2. The Federation Council Committee on the Rules of Procedure and Parliamentary Governance shall verify whether the documents establishing the grounds for the early termination of the powers of a senator of the Russian Federation comply with the provisions of the Federal Law “On the Status of a Senator 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 senator of the Russian Federation on the grounds envisaged by clauses c and d, Part 1, Article 4 of the Federal Law “On the Status of a Senator 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 Senators 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 Senators of the Russian Federation) established in accordance with Article 10 of the Federal Law “On the Status of a Senator 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 Senators of the Russian Federation shall verify and evaluate the actual circumstances that serve as grounds for the early termination of the powers of a senator of the Russian Federation and make a decision on establishing grounds for the early termination of the powers of the senator of the Russian Federation.

4. The issue of the early termination of the powers of a senator of the Russian Federation on the grounds envisaged by clauses a, b, and e-i, Part 1, Article 4 of the Federal Law “On the Status of a Senator 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 Federation Council Committee on the Rules of Procedure and Parliamentary Governance.

5. The issue of the early termination of the powers of a senator of the Russian Federation on the grounds envisaged by clauses c and d, Part 1, Article 4 of the Federal Law “On the Status of a Senator 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 Senators of the Russian Federation.

6. The consideration of the issue of the early termination of the powers of a senator of the Russian Federation on the grounds envisaged by clauses a, b, and e-i, Part 1, Article 4 of the Federal Law “On the Status of a Senator 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 senator of the Russian Federation on the grounds envisaged by clauses c and d, Part 1, Article 4 of the Federal Law “On the Status of a Senator 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 Senators of the Russian Federation. The senator of the Russian Federation 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 senator of the Russian Federation shall be adopted by a majority vote of the total number of senators of the Russian Federation and documented by a resolution of the Federation Council that specifies the day of the termination of the powers of the senator of the Russian Federation.

9. The decision on the early termination of the powers of a senator of the Russian Federation on the grounds envisaged by clauses a, b, and e-i, Part 1, Article 4 of the Federal Law “On the Status of a Senator 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 senator of the Russian Federation 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 senator of the Russian Federation on the grounds envisaged by clauses c and d, Part 1, Article 4 of the Federal Law “On the Status of a Senator 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 Senators of the Russian Federation decides to establish for the early termination of the powers of the senator of the Russian Federation.

Article 8 Immunity of a senator of the Russian Federation

1. Senator of the Russian Federation 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 Senator 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 senator of the Russian Federation 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 Senator 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.

2. The issue of depriving a senator of the Russian Federation 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 senator of the Russian Federation of immunity shall be preliminarily considered by the Federation Council Committee on the Rules of Procedure and Parliamentary Governance and the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building, which shall prepare opinions.

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

5. A senator of the Russian Federation 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 Federation Council Committee on the Rules of Procedure and Parliamentary Governance and the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State.

6. Following the consideration of a proposal from the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation on depriving a senator of the Russian Federation of immunity, the Federation Council may decide to give consent for the frisk, detention, arrest, or questioning of the senator of the Russian Federation, conducting a search with respect to the senator of the Russian Federation, subjecting the senator of the Russian Federation to administrative or criminal liability, initiating a criminal case against the senator of the Russian Federation, 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 senator of the Russian Federation.

7. This decision shall be considered adopted if the majority of the total number of senators of the Russian Federation 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 senator of the Russian Federation

1. Senators of the Russian Federation 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 Senators of the Russian Federation no later than 1 April of the year following the reporting financial .

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 Senators of the Russian Federation shall:

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

b) verify the observance by senators of the Russian Federation of restrictions and prohibitions established by federal constitutional laws, the Federal Law “On the Status of a Senator 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 senator of the Russian Federation on the grounds envisaged by clauses c and d, Part 1, Article 4 of the Federal Law “On the Status of a Senator 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 senator of the Russian Federation.

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 Senators of the Russian Federation shall be approved by the Federation Council by a majority vote of the total number of senators of the Russian Federation.

Article 82. Measures to prevent a conflict of interests

1. A senator of the Russian Federation must inform the Commission on the Monitoring of the Reliability of Information about Income, Property, and Property-Related Liabilities Submitted by Senators of the Russian Federation 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 senator of the Russian Federation and/or individuals or citizens who are related to or have a close relationship with the senator of the Russian Federation, or organizations with which a senator of the Russian Federation and/or individuals who are related to or have a close relationship with the senator of the Russian Federation 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 senator of the Russian Federation 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 Senators of the Russian Federation shall consider a message from a senator of the Russian Federation about a personal interest that leads or may lead to a conflict of interest, and make recommendations to the senator of the Russian Federation on what measures to take to prevent or resolve a conflict of interests.

Article 83. Liability incurred by a senator of the Russian Federation 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 2of the Federal Law “On the Status of a Senator 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 senator of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation shall take one of the following decisions:
a) issue a warning to a senator of the Russian Federation;
b) issue a recommendation that a senator of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 senator of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation adopt a decision for establishing the grounds for the early termination of the powers of a senator of the Russian Federation, the powers of a senator of the Russian Federation shall be terminated as per Article 7of these Rules of Procedure.

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 Senators of the Russian Federation.

2. Officials of the Federation Council include:

· the Speaker of the Federation Council;

· the First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council;

· the Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council;

· 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.

21. A senator of the Russian Federation who is newly conferred the powers of a senator of the Russian Federation 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.

3. Based on a proposal from the Speaker of the Federation Council, the Federation Council shall appoint from among the senators of the Russian Federation 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, plenipotentiary representative of the Federation Council for working with the Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneurs’ Rights (hereinafter referred to as plenipotentiary representatives of the Federation Council).

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 Federation Council Committee on the Rules of Procedure and Parliamentary Governance, which shall submit them to the Speaker of the Federation Council.

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.

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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 senator of the Russian Federation. 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.

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 senators of the Russian Federation at sittings of the chamber, committees of the Federation Council, parliamentary hearings, and other events.

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

(Article 11 ceased to have effect in accordance with Resolution No. 310-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated July 15, 2020)

Article 111. Participation of senators of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 12. Participation of senators of the Russian Federation 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 Speaker of the Federation Council, senators of the Russian Federation may participate as representatives of the Federation Council in the activities of the supervisory boards of organisations established by the Russian Federation on the basis of federal laws as well as other bodies and organisations, unless federal laws set forth other procedures for delegating Federation Council representatives.

Nominations for appointment as representatives of the Federation Council shall be proposed by the relevant committees of the Federation Council and submitted for review to the Federation Council Committee on the Rules of Procedure and Parliamentary Governance, which then presents the proposals to the Speaker of the Federation Council for adopting a decision to this effect.

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 121. Work of senators of the Russian Federation with appeals from citizens

1. Senators of the Russian Federation shall consider individual and collective appeals from citizens received by the Federation Council in the manner defined in the instructions on working with appeals from citizens submitted to 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.

2. Organizational, information, and document support for the work of senators of the Russian Federation 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 13. Total number of senators of the Russian Federation. Certain concepts used to determine voting results

1. The total number of senators of the Russian Federation shall be determined based on the number of representatives from the constituent entities of the Russian Federation specified in Article 65 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, and the number of persons exercising the powers of senators of the Russian Federation specified in items “b” and “c” of Part 2 of Article 95 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, and shall be established by a resolution of the Federation Council.

The number of senators of the Russian Federation acting as representatives from the constituent entities of the Russian Federation is 170.

2. In these Rules of Procedure, the following concepts shall be used to determine the results of voting:

the number of senators of the Russian Federation present at the meeting shall mean the number of senators of the Russian Federation who registered during the last registration before the vote;

the number of senators of the Russian Federation who took part in the vote shall mean the total number of senators of the Russian Federation who voted on this issue “for”, “against”, or “abstained”;

simple majority of votes shall mean the number of votes exceeding depending on the issue under consideration a half of the total number of senators of the Russian Federation or of the number of senators of the Russian Federation who took part in the vote;

qualified majority of votes shall mean the number of votes representing three-quarters, two-thirds, or three-fifths of the total number of senators of the Russian Federation.

 Chapter 2

CHAIRMAN OF THE FEDERATION COUNCIL. FIRST DEPUTY CHAIRMEN OF THE FEDERATION COUNCIL. DEPUTY CHAIRMEN OF THE FEDERATION COUNCIL

Article 14. General procedure for the election of the Chairman of the Federation Council, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council, and the Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council

1. The Chairman of the Federation Council, the First Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council, and the Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council shall be elected from among the senators of the Russian Federation.

2. The Chairman of the Federation Council shall be elected by secret ballot using an electronic system. The Federation Council may decide to hold a secret ballot using ballots.

3. When electing the First Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council and Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council, a secret ballot shall be held using an electronic system. The Federation Council may decide to hold a secret ballot using ballots or open voting.

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

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 senator of the Russian Federation and a representative of the legislative (representative) or executive body of state authorities of a constituent entity of the Russian Federation .

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 senators of the Russian Federation. Each senator of the Russian Federation may propose only one nomination.

2. A senator of the Russian Federation 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 senator of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation. 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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation 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.

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

1. The Federation Council shall decide on the number of the First Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council and Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council.

2. Candidates for the positions of the First Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council and Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council shall be proposed by the Chairman of the Federation Council.

3. For each of the proposed candidates for the positions of the First Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council and Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council, a discussion and separate voting shall be held in accordance with the procedure provided for in Parts 2–6 of Article 16 of these Rules of Procedure.

31. If none of the candidates nominated for the position of the First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council receives the number of votes required for election, or if fewer First Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council are elected than the number determined by the Chamber, the election procedure shall be repeated starting with the nomination of candidates.

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

5. If none of the candidates nominated for the position of the Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council does not receive the required election number of votes, or if fewer Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council are elected than the number determined by the Chamber, the procedure for the electing the vacant positions of the Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council shall be repeated starting with the nominations.

6. The Federation Council shall be entitled to elect the First Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council and the Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council by a single voting list.

7. The single voting list may include candidates for all or for certain vacant positions of the First Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council and Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council.

8. The single voting list shall be put forward by the Chairman of the Federation Council.

9. A single candidate for the positions specified in Part 7 of this Article shall be included in the single voting list.

Senators of the Russian Federation who have agreed to run for the relevant positions shall confirm their consent verbally at the meeting of the Federation Council.

If a candidate for the relevant position included in the single voting list declares their recusal, their name shall be excluded from the list. Then the list with the resulting vacancy shall be put to the vote or removed from the vote by the Chairman of the Federation Council, after which the new single voting list is formed.

10. The single voting list shall be announced by the Chairman of the Federation Council at the meeting of the Chamber and distributed to the senators of the Russian Federation.

11. After the Chairman of the Federation Council announces the single voting list, the candidates included in this list are submitted.

12. (Part 12 ceased to have effect in accordance with Decree No. 149-SF of the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 29 April 2009.)

13. All candidates for the positions of the First Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council and Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council included in the single voting list shall be considered elected if a majority of the total number of senators of the Russian Federation voted for this list.

14. Decisions on the election of the First Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council and Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council shall be made by resolutions of the Federation Council.

 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;

g) distributes the duties between the First Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council and the Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council;

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;

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 senator of the Russian Federation 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;

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);

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 ;

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;

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;

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;

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” ;

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 conferring upon senators of the Russian Federation and employees of the Executive Office of the Federation Council state awards, a Certificate of Honour of the President of the Russian Federation, or a Commendation of the President of the Russian Federation, by decision of the Council of the Chamber;

z1) sign and send proposals to the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation on conferring upon senators of the Russian Federation and employees of the Executive Office of the Federation Council Pyotr Stolypin’s Medal, a Certificate of Honour of the Government of the Russian Federation, or a Commendation of the Government of the Russian Federation, by 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 senators of the Russian Federation ;

bb3) approve the instructions on document management in the Federation Council and, once approved by the Council of the Chamber, the instructions on working with appeals from citizens in the Federation Council;

bb4) give instructions to committees of the Federation Council;

bb5) give instructions to other officials of the Federation.

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 Chairman of the Federation Council or one of the First Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council on his behalf shall submit to the Federation Council reports on the activities of the Chamber and on the draft program of its legislative work in accordance with the procedure established by the decision of the Federation Council, which are discussed at meetings of the Federation Council. Based on the results of the discussion, the Federation Council may adopt resolutions.

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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 Federation Council Committee on the Rules of Procedure and Parliamentary Governance.

6. The Speaker of the Federation Council shall approve the standards for financial support for the activities of senators of the Russian Federation endorsed in the prescribed manner by the Federation Council Committee on the Rules of Procedure and Parliamentary Governance.

Article 19. Powers of the First Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council and Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council

1. The First Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council in accordance with these Rules of Procedure and the distribution of duties between the First Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council and Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council established by the Chairman of the Federation Council shall:

a) replace the Chairman of the Federation Council in his absence;

b) submit reports to the Federation Council on the activities of the Chamber and on the draft program of its legislative work on behalf of the Chairman of the Federation Council;

c) sign resolutions of the Chamber, issue orders, and present to the awardees the badge of honor of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation “For Merits in the Development of Parliamentarism” and the Certificate of Honor of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on behalf of the Chairman of the Federation Council;

d) exercise other powers on the internal rules of procedure of the Chamber on behalf of the Chairman of the Federation Council.

2. The Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council in accordance with these Rules of Procedure and the distribution of duties between the First Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council and Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council established by the Chairman of the Federation Council shall:

a) replace the Chairman of the Federation Council in his absence and in the absence of the First Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council;

b) sign resolutions of the Chamber, issue orders, and present to the awardees the badge of honor of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation “For Merits in the Development of Parliamentarism” and the Certificate of Honor of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on behalf of the Chairman of the Federation Council;

c) exercise other powers on the internal rules of procedure of the Chamber on behalf of the Chairman of the Federation Council.

3. Following the instructions of the Chairman of the Federation Council, the First Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council and Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council shall exercise general control over the organization and implementation of measures for the implementation of permanent parliamentary control.

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 senators of the Russian Federation.

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 senators of the Russian Federation of at least one-fifth of the total number of senators of the Russian Federation.

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 senators of the Russian Federation to recommend that a Federation Council member be released from the office in question.

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.

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. Composition of the Council of the Chamber

The Council of the Chamber consists of the Chairman of the Federation Council, First Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council, Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council, and chairmen of the committees of the Federation Council who have the right to vote on all issues considered by the Council of the Chamber.

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;

a1) approve lists of matters to be heard during “Government Hour” for the spring and autumn sessions;

a2) approve the schedule for “expert time” for the spring and autumn sessions;

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;

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;

e) approve the Rules of Procedure on the activities of the plenipotentiary representatives specified in Part 3, Article 9 of these Rules of Procedure;

e1) makes statements and addresses on general political and socioeconomic issues;

f) adopt decisions on holding parliamentary hearings;

f1) consider and approve the event plan of the Federation Council for the spring (autumn) session;

g) consider and approve the plan for the inter-parliamentary 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 inter-parliamentary commissions for bilateral cooperation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation with the parliaments of foreign states, the decision on receiving foreign parliamentary delegations (chambers of parliaments) and delegations of international parliamentary organizations at the Federation Council, as well as the expenses connected with the receipt of the aforementioned delegations, 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 senator of the Russian Federation abroad when not envisaged by the plan for the inter-parliamentary cooperation of the Federation Council;

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”;

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;

i1) adopt decisions to send proposals to the President of the Russian Federation on conferring upon senators of the Russian Federation and employees of the Executive Office of the Federation Council state awards of the Russian Federation, a Certificate of Honour of the President of the Russian Federation, or a Commendation of the President of the Russian Federation;

j) adopt decisions to send proposals to the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation on conferring upon senators of the Russian Federation and employees of the Executive Office of the Federation Council Pyotr Stolypin’s Medal, a Certificate of Honour of the Government of the Russian Federation, or a Commendation of the Government of the Russian Federation;

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;

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;

k1) approves the rules submitted by the Federation Council Committee on the Rules of Procedure 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 senators of the Russian Federation 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;

k2) approve the cost estimates submitted by the Federation Council Committee on the Rules of Procedure and Parliamentary Governance for the reception of delegations from other countries or international organisations at the Federation Council and sending Federation Council delegations abroad, as well as cost estimates for preparing and holding events at the Federation Council;

k3) adopt the decision on approving the draft instructions on working with appeals from citizens in the Federation Council, submitted by the Federation Council Committee on the Rules of Procedure and Parliamentary Governance;

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

m) 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.

2. The Chairman of the Federation Council or one of the First Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council in accordance with Article 19 of these Rules of Procedure shall preside at the meeting of the Council of the Chamber.

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

· plenipotentiary representatives of the Federation Council;

· a senator of the Russian Federation based on instructions from a committee of the Federation Council or a committee chair of the Federation Council;

· a senator of the Russian Federation 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).

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.

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. Senators of the Russian Federation 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 .

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.

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 senators of the Russian Federation 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. Senators of the Russian Federation 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 68of these Rules of Procedure.

 Chapter 4
COMMITTEES OF THE FEDERATION COUNCIL

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 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 personal composition and changes in the personal composition of the provisional commission of the Federation Council shall be approved by the Chamber by a majority vote of the total number of senators of the Russian Federation and shall be formalized by a resolution of the Federation Council. The provisional commission of the Federation Council may include the Chairman of the Federation Council, First Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council, and Deputy Chairmen 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. A Federation Council member's status as a member of an interim commission shall cease upon the expiration of the commission's mandate without the need for the Federation Council to adopt any resolutions to this effect.

Article 27. Powers of a committee of the Federation Council

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;

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;

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;

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 senators of the Russian Federation in the procedure for exercising the right to legislative initiative and sent by them to the committee;

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);

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 Federation Council Committee on the Budget and Financial Markets ;

g) consider and implement federal and regional target programmes on matters falling within its jurisdiction;

h) take part in international cooperation on matters falling within its jurisdiction in order to get acquainted with the legislative experience and facilitate the solution of the problems of bilateral cooperation;

h1) consider the annual report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation and prepare a conclusion on it;

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;

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;

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

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.

12. If a bill is sent to several committees of the Federation Council for them to prepare their opinions, the Federation Council committees that co-authored the bill shall present their opinions to the committee of the Federation Council responsible for reviewing the bill in the Federation Council within a period not exceeding half the period set by the Council of the State Duma for presenting an opinion on the bill.

13. When establishing a consolidated position on the bill, applied may be a conciliation procedure with the participation of the representatives of the committee of the Federation Council responsible for reviewing the bill in the Federation Council, as well as of the Federation Council committees that co-authored the bill and of Deputy Speakers of the Federation Council coordinating the work of the relevant committees of the Federation Council.

14. The committee of the Federation Council responsible for reviewing the bill in the Federation Council shall send its opinion on the bill to the State Duma upon receiving opinions of the committees of the Federation Council that co-authored the bill, but no later than the day preceding the expiration of the period set by the Council of the State Duma for presenting an opinion on the bill, and shall present its position on the bill in government bodies. The committees of the Federation Council that co-authored the bill shall not send their opinions on the bill to the State Duma.

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.

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.

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.

5. A committee of the Federation Council shall draft its own work plan.

Article 28. Procedure for the formation and structure of a committee of the Federation Council

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

Senators of the Russian Federation 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 senator of the Russian Federation 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.

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 senators of the Russian Federation, 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 senators of the Russian Federation.

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.

3. A senator of the Russian Federation shall withdraw from a committee of the chamber upon termination of his/her powers without the adoption of a relevant decision by the Chamber .

4. The Committee of the Federation Council may form subcommittees in the main areas of its activity. A member of a Chamber Committee may be a member of any subcommittees of that committee. The subcommittees shall usually be headed by the first deputy chairmen of the committee or the deputy chairmen of the committee (chairmen of the subcommittees).

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.

Article 29. Procedure for the election and dismissal of the chairperson, first deputy chairperson, and deputy chairpersons of a committee of the Federation Council

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 senators of the Russian Federation. This decision shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

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.

2. The chairperson, first deputy chairperson, and deputy chairpersons of a committee of the Federation Council shall be elected for their term as a senator of the Russian Federation who is a representative from the legislative (representative) or executive body of the state authorities of a constituent entity of the Russian Federation.

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.

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 senators of the Russian Federation. This decision shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

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

1. The Federation Council shall form:

· the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building;

· the Federation Council Committee on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Government and Northern Affairs;

· the Federation Council Committee on Defence and Security;

· the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs;

· the Federation Council Committee on the Budget and Financial Markets;

· the Federation Council Committee on Economic Policy;

· the Federation Council Committee on Agriculture and Food Policy and Environmental Management;

· the Federation Council Committee on Social Policy;

· the Federation Council Committee on Science, Education and Culture;

· the Federation Council Committee on the Rules of Procedure 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. The Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building shall be responsible for:

· changes in the Constitution of the Russian Federation;

· amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation;

· human and civil rights and freedoms;

· state structure of the Russian Federation;

· organization of the system of state power in the Russian Federation;

· public service;

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

· civil society development;

· interaction of citizens, society, and the state;

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

· non-profit organizations, including socially oriented organizations, with the exception of state-owned corporations;

· volunteerism;

· state migration policy;

· judicial system, public prosecutor’s office, investigation, justice, bar, notary public office;

· constitutional law;

· criminal law;

· criminal procedure law;

· penal enforcement law;

· civil law;

· civil procedure law;

· arbitration procedural law;

· administrative law;

· family law;

· enforcement proceedings;

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

· development of the unified information space of the Russian Federation, creation of an information society;

· information exchange, development of public computer networks;

· information security of children;

· distribution of periodicals, books, and other printed materials, audio and video products;

· publishing and printing activities;

· preliminary discussion and submission to the Federation Council of candidates for appointment to the position of the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation on the proposal of the President of the Russian Federation;

· preliminary discussion and submission to the Federation Council of candidates for appointment to the position of the Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairmen of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation on the proposal of the President of the Russian Federation, and for approval of members of the Presidium of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation on the proposal of the President of the Russian Federation;

· preliminary discussion and submission to the Federation Council of candidates for appointment to the position of judges of the Economic Court of the Commonwealth of Independent States;

· preliminary discussion and submission to the Federation Council of the issue of termination of the powers of the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairmen of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, chairmen, deputy chairmen, and judges of the cassation courts of general jurisdiction, courts of appeal of general jurisdiction, military court of cassation, military court of appeal, arbitration courts of districts, arbitration courts of appeal, and Intellectual Property Rights Court;

· preliminary discussion and submission to the Federation Council of the issue of early termination of the powers of the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation and Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation without termination of his powers as a judge of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation on the proposal of the President of the Russian Federation;

· preliminary discussion of candidates, formation, and submission to the Federation Council of the list of public representatives for appointment as members of the High Qualification Board of Judges of the Russian Federation and preliminary consideration of the issue of early termination of the powers of members of the High Qualification Board of Judges of the Russian Federation acting as representatives of the public appointed by the Federation Council;

· preliminary discussion and submission to the Federation Council of the candidate for the position of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for consultations;

· consultations on the candidates submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for the position of the Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, public prosecutors of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, public prosecutors of military and other specialized public prosecutor’s offices equivalent to the public prosecutors of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation;

· preliminary discussion and submission to the Federation Council of a candidate submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for consultation for the position of head of the federal executive body (federal minister) in charge of justice;

· preliminary discussion of candidates submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for consultations for the position of heads of the federal executive bodies (including federal ministers) responsible for state security, internal affairs, emergency prevention, disaster management, and public security;

· ensuring the interaction of the Federation Council with the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation;

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

· ensuring consideration at the meeting 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 done to strengthen them, as well as consideration of the annual report of the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation.

4. The Federation Council Committee on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Government and Northern Affairs shall be responsible for:

· federal structure of the Russian Federation;

· federal territories and organization of public authority in federal territories;

· consultations on the candidates submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for the position of public prosecutors of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation;

· preliminary discussion of the candidate submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for the position of head of the federal executive body (federal minister) responsible for the prevention of emergency situations and the elimination of the consequences of natural disasters;

· state national and regional policy;

· state policy in the field of local self-government, general principles of the organization of local self-government, and guarantees of local self-government;

· state housing policy;

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

· reform and modernization of the housing and communal complex of the Russian Federation;

· collection, disposal, and recycling of municipal solid waste;

· urban planning activities;

· state policy of social and economic development of the Far North regions and their equivalent localities;

· state policy in the Arctic;

· admission to the Russian Federation and formation of a new constituent entity of the Russian Federation;

· changing 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;

· general principles of the organization of legislative (representative) and executive bodies of state power of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation;

· delineation of the subjects of competence and powers between the state authorities of the Russian Federation, state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation and the local self-government bodies;

· elections to the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation and local self-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 bases of local self-government;

· vesting of local self-government bodies with separate state powers and participation of local self-government bodies of one level in the exercise of separate powers of local self-government bodies of another level;

· regulation of the peculiarities of the organization of local self-government in border territories, closed administrative and territorial entities, science cities, cities of federal significance, and other territories;

· interregional and inter-municipal cooperation;

· regulation of labor resources, state guarantees, and compensation for persons working and living in the Far North and equivalent areas;

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

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

· pension and social security of the population in the regions of the Far North and equivalent areas;

· state regulation of the use of the Northern Sea Route;

· price and tariff policy in the sphere of housing and communal services;

· construction activities.

5. The Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security shall be responsible for:

· preliminary consideration of the decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the introduction of martial law;

· preliminary consideration of the decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the introduction of a state of emergency;

· preliminary consideration of the possibility of using the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation outside the territory of the Russian Federation;

· preliminary discussion of the issue of termination by the President of the Russian Federation of powers of the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Constitutional Court, and judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Court, and judges of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, chairmen, deputy chairmen and judges of cassation courts of general jurisdiction, appellate courts of general jurisdiction, military court of cassation, military court of appeal, district arbitration courts, arbitration courts of appeal, and the Intellectual Property Rights Court;

· preliminary discussion of the issue of early termination of the powers of the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation and Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation without termination of his powers as judge of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation on the proposal of the President of the Russian Federation;

· preliminary discussion of the candidate for the position of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for consultations;

· consultations on the candidates submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for the position of the Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, public prosecutors of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, public prosecutors of military and other specialized public prosecutor’s offices equivalent to the public prosecutors of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation;

· preliminary discussion and submission to the Federation Council of candidates submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for consultation for the position of heads of the federal executive bodies (including federal ministers) responsible for defense, state security, internal affairs, emergency prevention, disaster management, and public security;

· preliminary discussion of the candidate submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for consultations for the position of head of the federal executive body (federal minister) in charge of justice;

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

· military construction;

· financing of the military organization of the state and its components, national defense, and state security;

· international military and military and technical cooperation, including the ratification and denunciation of the relevant international treaties of the Russian Federation;

· ensuring interaction with the Collective Security Treaty Organization;

· status of military personnel, law enforcement officers, and other special services, employees of the military and industrial complex, customs authorities, as well as their families;

· social security of military personnel;

· military and patriotic, and military and patronage work;

· issues of the status and protection of the state border of the Russian Federation, airspace of the Russian Federation, and 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 related to the fight against organized crime, terrorism, extremism, illegal arms, and drug trafficking;

· transport security, including road safety;

· fire safety;

· civil and territorial defense, prevention of emergency situations, and elimination of their consequences;

· military service and public service in the system of law enforcement agencies of the Russian Federation;

· countering illegal migration.

6. The Federation Council Committee on International Affairs shall be responsible for:

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

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

· preliminary consideration of the possibility of using the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation outside the territory of the Russian Federation;

· preliminary discussion and submission to the Federation Council of a candidate submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for consultation for the position of head of the federal executive body (federal minister) in charge of foreign affairs;

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

· preparation of draft appeals and statements of the Federation Council on topical issues of the foreign policy of the Russian Federation;

· consideration of issues related to protection of state sovereignty and prevention of interference in the internal affairs of the Russian Federation;

· improving the regulatory framework for bilateral and multilateral cooperation with the Member States of the Commonwealth of Independent States;

· participation in the legislative support of integration processes in the Eurasian space, including within the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union;

· development of the parliamentary component within the framework of international associations of which the Russian Federation is a member;

· preparation of proposals to create favorable conditions for strengthening Russia’s presence on world markets and promoting the expansion of foreign economic relations;

· assistance in the development of interregional and cross-border cooperation of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation;

· development of proposals on the issue of supporting compatriots living abroad in the exercise of their rights, ensuring the protection of their interests, and preserving the all-Russian cultural identity;

· consideration of issues of the state migration policy in terms of visa support for entry into and exit from the Russian Federation, and the regime of stay in Russia of foreign citizens and stateless persons;

· development of inter-parliamentary cooperation of the Federation Council with parliaments (chambers of parliaments) of foreign states and international parliamentary organizations;

· consideration of draft agreements on inter-parliamentary cooperation between the Federation Council and the parliaments (chambers of parliaments) of foreign states;

· preparation of proposals for the formation of delegations of the Federation Council in the delegations of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation in international parliamentary organizations, as well as Russian parts of bilateral inter-parliamentary commissions and groups for cooperation with parliaments (chambers of parliaments) of foreign states;

· consideration of the issues of sending delegations of the Federation Council abroad and their powers, reception of delegations of parliaments (chambers of parliaments) of foreign states and international parliamentary organizations in the Federation Council.

7. The Federation Council Committee on the Budget and Financial Markets shall be responsible for:

· 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 Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation and Auditor of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation

· regulation of production and turnover of ethyl alcohol, alcoholic, and alcohol-containing products.

8. The Federation Council Committee on Economic Policy shall be responsible for:

· issues of socio-economic development of the state in the long and short term, basics of state regulation of the economy, and strategic planning;

· foreign economic activity;

· industrial policy;

· investment policy;

· issues of development and improvement of the national transport system;

· issues of development of perspective directions of means of communication and modern postal communication;

· issues of development of energy, energy technologies, fuel and energy complex, nuclear energy, production and use of fuel and energy resources and nuclear materials, and energy security;

· trading activities;

· issues of geological study and use of subsurface resources, accounting of subsurface areas, reproduction of the mineral resource base of the Russian Federation, including the continental shelf and the exclusive economic zone of the Russian Federation;

· industrial safety issues;

· antitrust regulation;

· activities of economic entities;

· entrepreneurial activity;

· corporate governance;

· development of medium and small businesses;

· free economic zones and special economic zones, special administrative regions, territories with special business conditions;

· regulation of bankruptcy procedures;

· economic justification of the budget policy;

· pricing and pricing policy;

· regulation of valuation activities;

· licensing and compulsory insurance;

· regulation and protection of property and property rights in the production, distribution, and sale of goods and services;

· privatization of state and municipal property;

· advertisement;

· trade secret;

· protection of domestic producers of goods and services;

· infrastructure complexes;

· technical regulation and ensuring the uniformity of measurements, standardization, and certification;

· production sharing agreements;

· self-regulating organizations of business entities;

· promotion of economic activity of economic entities by customs regulation methods, issues of the Customs Union, and the rules of the World Trade Organization;

· economic aspects of space activities;

· issues of digital transformation of the economy, innovation, and information infrastructure;

· issues of renewable energy development;

· activities of natural monopolies;

· legislative support for the production, turnover, and sale of tobacco and tobacco products.

9. The Federation Council Committee on Agriculture and Food Policy and Environmental Management shall be responsible for:

· state agrarian and food policy;

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

· technical regulation, quality, and certification of agricultural and food products, veterinary and phytosanitary control (supervision), regulation of production of viticulture and winemaking 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, including environmental education and eco-volunteering, ensuring environmental safety, including in the use of mineral 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.

10. The Federation Council Committee on Social Policy shall be responsible for:

· 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;

· 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;

· socially oriented non-profit organizations engaged in activities in the field of social services, social support, and protection of citizens, health care, prevention and protection of citizens’ health, promotion of a healthy lifestyle, physical culture, and sports, medical rehabilitation and social rehabilitation, social and labor reintegration of persons engaged in illegal consumption of narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances, and promotion of labor mobility;

· volunteerism in the areas of social support and protection of citizens, assistance in the protection of motherhood, childhood, and fatherhood, prevention and protection of citizens’ health, promotion of a healthy lifestyle, physical culture, and sports, including support for socially significant youth initiatives, projects, youth movement, and youth organizations;

· social entrepreneurship.

11. The Federation Council Committee on Science, Education and Culture shall be responsible for:

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

· regulation of the activities of state academies of sciences, research and educational centers, federal research centers, state research centers, science cities, state and non-profit funds to support scientific, research, technical, 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;

· archival affairs;

· librarianship;

· ensuring public control over the implementation of the plans of events held within the framework of the Decade of Childhood;

· 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;

· preliminary discussion of the issue of termination of the powers of a judge of the Intellectual Property Rights Court on the proposal of the President of the Russian Federation.

12. The Federation Council Committee on the Rules of Procedure and Parliamentary Governance shall be responsible for:

· 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 senator of the Russian Federation;

· the immunity of the senators of the Russian Federation;

· 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;

· countering corruption 

· 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;

· approving a code of conduct for senators of the Russian Federation, drafted in keeping with laws of the Russian Federation and setting forth ethnical and anti-corruption norms; 

· bringing provisions of anti-corruption laws to the attention of senators of the Russian Federation; 

· presenting annual reviews on the compliance by senators of the Russian Federation with the code of conduct for senators of the Russian Federation, drafted in keeping with laws of the Russian Federation and setting forth ethnical and anti-corruption norms;

· 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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation and the early termination of the powers of senators of the Russian Federation posted on the official Internet websites of the state authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation;

· overseeing the Federation Council’s relations with international organisations on anti-corruption matters;

· ensuring the Federation Council’s interaction with the Central Election Commission 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;

· nominate a candidate for the position of plenipotentiary representative of the Federation Council for working with the Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneurs’ Rights in the Russian Federation;

· 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;

· 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 senators of the Russian Federation;

· 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 senators of the Russian Federation during a session of the Federation Council;

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

· the harmonization of financial for the activities of senators of the Russian Federation;

· approving standards for inventory, logistics and other support for senators of the Russian Federation;

· the review 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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 endorsement cost estimates for receiving delegations from other countries or international organisations at the Federation Council and sending Federation Council delegations abroad, as well as cost estimates for preparing and holding events at the Federation Council.

· coordination of the work of the Federation Council Committees regarding the organization of consideration of issues referred by the Constitution of the Russian Federation to the competence of the Federation Council;

· legal regulation of the organization and conduct of search work in order to perpetuate the memory of those who died in the defense of the Fatherland$

· preliminary review of the draft instructions on working with appeals from citizens in the Federation Council.

Article 31. Procedure for convening sittings of a committee of the Federation Council

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.

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 senators of the Russian Federation.

Article 32. Procedure for holding a sitting of the committee of the Federation Council

1. Committees of the Federation Council shall carry out their activities based on the principles of transparency and the free discussion of issues.

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.

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.

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.

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 .

6. Open and closed sittings of a committee or subcommittee of the Federation Council may be attended by senators of the Russian Federation who are not members of this committee or subcommittee with the right to a deliberative vote.

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 senators of the Russian Federation 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.

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

8. Representatives of the media may be invited to attend open sittings of a committee of the Federation Council.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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 senators of the Russian Federation, 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 331. Offsite sittings, parliamentary hearings, roundtables, conferences, seminars, and other events held by a committee of the Federation Council

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.

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.

Article 332. Final documents of parliamentary hearings, roundtable discussions, conferences, seminars and other events

1. Parliamentary hearings, roundtable discussions, conferences, seminars and other events held by a Federation Council committee, including offsite events, shall result in the adoption of final documents (resolutions, recommendations or other documents). The Federation Council committee in charge of preparing and holding the event shall adopt these documents. If the final documents contain recommendations to state agencies, they shall be sent to the corresponding state agencies within 21 days of the event.

2. Information on the events held and the adopted final documents shall be sent to one of the First Deputy Speakers of the Federation Council or Deputy Speakers of the Federation Council depending on how the Speaker of the Federation Council has delegated duties between the First Deputy Speakers of Federation Council and Deputy Speakers of the Federation Council.

Article 34. Reports of the committees of the Federation Council

Committees of the Federation Council shall submit annual performance reports to the Federation Council. The Federation Council Committee on the Rules of Procedure and Parliamentary Governance drafts recommendations on preparing these reports. A speech by a representative of a committee of the Federation Council presenting an annual performance report must not exceed five minutes.

Chapter 41

COORDINATION MEETING OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FEDERATION COUNCIL, FIRST DEPUTY CHAIRMEN OF THE FEDERATION COUNCIL, AND THE DEPUTY CHAIRMEN OF THE FEDERATION COUNCIL WITH THE CHAIRMEN OF THE FEDERATION COUNCIL COMMITTEES

Article 341. Procedure for the coordination meeting of the Chairman of the Federation Council, First Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council, and the Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council with the Chairmen of the Federation Council Committees

1. The coordination meeting of the Chairman of the Federation Council, First Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council, and the Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council with the Chairmen of the Federation Council Committees (hereinafter referred to as the “coordination meeting”) shall be held to prepare and consider issues of legislative activity of the Federation Council.

2. The participants of the coordination meeting are the Chairman of the Federation Council, First Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council, Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council, and the chairmen of the Federation Council Committees.

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.

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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 senator of the Russian Federation .

2. Special seats shall be allocated in the Meeting Room of the Federation Council equipped with facilities for conducting the meeting of the Chamber for the Chairman of the Federation Council, First Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council, and the Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council.

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.

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 senators of the Russian Federation.

3. The decision to hold a closed sitting of the chamber shall be adopted by a majority vote of the total number of senators of the Russian Federation who took part in voting, but no less than one quarter of the total number of senators of the Russian Federation. 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 senators of the Russian Federation solely for their activities in the Federation Council.

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.

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.

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.

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 senators of the Russian Federation may attend sittings of the chamber only upon receiving a special invitation issued with the signature of the Secretary General of the Federation Council. 

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.

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.

13. The chair at a closed sitting of the chamber shall inform the senators of the Russian Federation 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.

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

1. Individuals who are not senators of the Russian Federation 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.

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.

3. Senators of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation.

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.

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.

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;

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;

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;

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 senators of the Russian Federation (“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:

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;

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 senators of the Russian Federation;

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;

h) issues prepared in accordance with the instructions of the Federation Council or the Council of the Chamber;

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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation. 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 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 senators of the Russian Federation. The proposal of a committee of the Federation Council must be supported by at least one-fifth of the total senators of the Russian Federation.

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.

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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation.

2. The senators of the Russian Federation 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.

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

Article 45. Provision of materials to senators of the Russian Federation on matters submitted to the chamber for consideration

1. Senators of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation no later than 24 hours prior to the start of a sitting of the Federation Council.

5. The procedure for providing the senators of the Russian Federation 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.

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 meeting of the Federation Council shall be chaired by the Chairman who may be the Chairman of the Federation Council, one of the First Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council or Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council, or the oldest senator of the Russian Federation from among the senators of the Russian Federation present at the meeting.

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;

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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 senator of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation, 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 senators of the Russian Federation who took part in the voting, but no less than one quarter of the total number of senators of the Russian Federation. A request by a senator of the Russian Federation 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 48. Language of a sitting of the Federation Council

Sittings of the Federation Council shall be conducted in Russian. A senator of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation on important socioeconomic, political, and other issues

After a sitting of the Federation Council has been opened, senators of the Russian Federation 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 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 senators of the Russian Federation 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.

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 senator of the Russian Federation 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.

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.

6. The chair shall hold a vote on the proposals of a committee of the Federation Council or a senator of the Russian Federation 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).

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 senators of the Russian Federation.

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 senators of the Russian Federation and documented by an excerpt from the minutes of the sitting of the Federation Council.

3. The agenda of the meeting of the Federation Council adopted as a whole shall not be amended or supplemented during the session of the Chamber, except for issues related to the approval of the decree of the President of the Russian Federation on the introduction of martial law or on the introduction of a state of emergency and the decision on the possibility of using the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation outside the territory of the Russian Federation, issues on federal laws adopted by the State Duma, as well as issues initiated by the Chairman of the Federation Council.

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.

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.

These Rules of Procedure may establish a different duration for speeches at a sitting of the Federation Council

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 senators of the Russian Federation who took part in the voting, but no less than one-quarter of the total number of senators of the Russian Federation .

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.

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 senator of the Russian Federation, 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.

31. A member of the Federation Council Committee on the Rules of Procedure 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 senator of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation, 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.

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.

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.

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. Senators of the Russian Federation 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 senator of the Russian Federation if the latter expresses a desire to speak on a point of order of the sitting.

If a senator of the Russian Federation 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.

2. No more than two statements by senators of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation who took part in the voting, but no less than one-quarter of the total number of senators of the Russian Federation voted for it.

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 senators of the Russian Federation who took part in the voting, but no less than one-quarter of the total number of senators of the Russian Federation voted for it.

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 Federation Council Committee on the Rules of Procedure and Parliamentary Governance must inform the Federation Council about this and invite the chair to rectify the violation.

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 senator of the Russian Federation.

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 senator of the Russian Federation who initiated the proposal.

3. The order shall be issued by an extract from the minutes of meeting of the Federation Council, the draft of which shall be agreed with the Federation Council Committee on the Rules of Procedure and Parliamentary Governance.

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.

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 59. Distribution of documents and materials in the Sitting Hall of the Federation Council

Senators of the Russian Federation 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.

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.

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 senators of the Russian Federation who took part in the voting, but no less than one-quarter of the total number of senators of the Russian Federation voted for it.

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 senator of the Russian Federation 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 senator of the Russian Federation shall personally exercise the right to vote.

2. A senator of the Russian Federation shall have a single vote when voting on a single question.

3. A senator of the Russian Federation may vote for a decision, against a decision, or abstain from voting on the decision.

4. A senator of the Russian Federation 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.

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. Senators of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation; the number of senators of the Russian Federation who participated in voting, but no less than one-quarter of the total number of senators of the Russian Federation; a simple or qualified majority) is required to adopt the decision.

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.

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 senators of the Russian Federation and the voting results of each senator of the Russian Federation.

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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 senator of the Russian Federation shall be issued one card for secret voting registered in the electronic system upon presenting an identity document of a senator of the Russian Federation in accordance with the list of senators of the Russian Federation.

21. When conducting secret voting using an electronic system, data about the voting results of senators of the Russian Federation shall not be recorded in memory of the electronic system.

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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 senator of the Russian Federation shall be issued one secret voting ballot.

5. Secret voting ballots shall be issued to senators of the Russian Federation by the Counting Committee in accordance with the list of senators of the Russian Federation upon presentation of the identity documents of senators of the Russian Federation. Upon receiving a ballot, a senator of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation who took part in the vote, but no less than one-quarter of the total number of senators of the Russian Federation unless otherwise envisaged by these Rules of Procedure. 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;

· 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;

· 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 senators of the Russian Federation present at a sitting of the chamber objects to its adoption. In the event that at least one of the senators of the Russian Federation 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.

6. Voting shall be deemed valid if the number of senators of the Russian Federation present at a sitting of the chamber is no less than the number of senators of the Russian Federation required to adopt a decision.

7. If the number of senators of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation and documented by resolutions of the chamber.

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 senators of the Russian Federation;

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 Federation Council Committee on the Rules of Procedure and Parliamentary Governance shall forward information on the decision taken in accordance with Part 3 of this Article to one of the First Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council in accordance with the distribution of duties between the First Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council and the Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council established by the 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 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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 senator of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation verbally at a routine sitting of the Federation Council. This decision shall be adopted by a majority vote of the total number of senators of the Russian Federation who took part in the voting, but no less than one-quarter of the total number of senators of the Russian Federation .

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 senators of the Russian Federation who­ took part in the vote, but no less than one-quarter of the total number of senators of the Russian Federation, the time for questions and answers on amendments shall be set.

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 senator of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation.

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 senators of the Russian Federation.

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 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.

Chapter 61
MONITORING THE USE OF THE ELECTRONIC SYSTEM

Article 701. Electronic system 

The electronic system may be used at a sitting of the Federation Council for:

· the roll-call registration of senators of the Russian Federation;

· registration by senators of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation;

· 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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation.

2. The proper operation of the electronic system in secret voting mode shall be documented by a report.

Article 705. Consideration of complaints by senators of the Russian Federation about errors in the operation of the electronic system

1. The Electronic System Monitoring Commission shall consider complaints from senators of the Russian Federation 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.

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.

3. Employees of the Executive Office of the Federation Council who operate the electronic system shall provide a senator of the Russian Federation with access to information about open sittings of the Federation Council based on a written request.

4. Permission for other persons to access the information of the electronic system, except for the information that is publicly available in accordance with Part 2 of this Article, shall be granted by the Chairman of the Federation Council or on his behalf by the First Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council, or Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council.

Chapter 7

PARTICIPATION OF THE FEDERATION COUNCIL IN PARLIAMENTARY CONTROL

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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 Federation Council Committee on the Budget and Financial Markets, and the Federation Council Committee 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 Federation Council Committee on the Budget and Financial Markets, and the Federation Council Committee 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 Federation Council Committee 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 Federation Council Committee 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 Federation Council Committee 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 Federation Council Committee 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 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 senators of the Russian Federation.

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

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 senators of the Russian Federation comprising at least one-fifth of the total number of senators of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation comprising at least one-fifth of the total number of senators of the Russian Federation;

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 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 senators of the Russian Federation comprising at least one-fifth of the total number of senators of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 Federation Council Committee on the Rules of Procedure and Parliamentary Governance in order to prepare a conclusion and draft resolution of the Federation Council.

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.

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 senators of the Russian Federation 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.

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 senators of the Russian Federation.

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.

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.

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.

A representative of the Federation Council Committee on the Rules of Procedure and Parliamentary Governance shall present information about compliance with the procedure for initiating a parliamentary investigation.

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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation and be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

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.

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.

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.

6. The final report shall be considered approved if more than half of the total number of senators of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation.

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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation 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.”

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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 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 senators of the Russian Federation who took part in voting, but no less than one-quarter of the total number of senators of the Russian Federation.­

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 senators of the Russian Federation shall be determined by the decision of the chamber, which shall be adopted by a majority vote of the senators of the Russian Federation who took part in the vote, but no less than one-quarter of the total number of senators of the Russian Federation.

3. After answering verbal questions from senators of the Russian Federation, 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 senators of the Russian Federation.

4. Following the presentation of an invited official as well as the presentations and questions by senators of the Russian Federation and answers to them, a discussion shall be held on the draft resolution of the Federation Council prepared by the responsible committee.

5. If an invited official is unable to attend the sitting of the Federation Council and the senators of the Russian Federation 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 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:

· 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.

3. If the proposal of a senator of the Russian Federation 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 senator of the Russian Federation on the letterhead of a senator of the Russian Federation 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.

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.

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.

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 senators of the Russian Federation representing a single constituent entity of the Russian Federation or a group of senators of the Russian Federation comprised of at least five people.

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 senators of the Russian Federation.

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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation.

4. The Federation Council may decide to resend a parliamentary inquiry if the response to the parliamentary inquiry is deemed to be unsatisfactory.

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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

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 senators of the Russian Federation, 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 senators of the Russian Federation.

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 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, senators of the Russian Federation, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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. The committee of the chamber tasked with preparing and holding parliamentary hearings shall prepare information materials for parliamentary hearings and draft final documents (resolutions, recommendations or other documents) to be adopted following the parliamentary hearings.

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.

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 senators of the Russian Federation and the invited individuals participating in the parliamentary hearings.

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.

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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation if they concern information constituting a state or other secret protected by law.

Article 90. Final documents and materials of parliamentary hearings

1. Parliamentary hearings shall result in the adoption of final documents (resolutions, recommendations or other documents). The Federation Council committee in charge of preparing and holding the parliamentary hearings or the Federation Council shall approve these documents. If the final documents contain recommendations to state agencies, they shall be sent to the corresponding state agencies within 21 days of the event.

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 senators of the Russian Federation and representatives of the state authorities that participated in them.

Article 91. Forums, congresses and other events

The Federation Council can host forums, congresses and other events relating to matters within the chamber’s purview at the decision of the Federation Council or the Council of the Chamber. These events can be initiated by the Council of the Chamber, the Federation Council Speaker, or Federation Council committees.

Article 92. Press conferences

The Federation Council may hold press conferences of the Chairman of the Federation Council, First Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council, Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council, chairmen, first deputy chairmen and deputy chairmen of the Federation Council Committees, as well as senators of the Russian Federation. The procedure for holding press conferences in the Federation Council shall be established by the Chairman of the Federation Council.

Article 93. Working groups, expert councils, and joint commissions

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 senators of the Russian Federation, 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.

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.

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.

3. The Speaker of the Federation Council may establish advisory councils from among senators of the Russian Federation.

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. 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 senator of the Russian Federation 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 Federation Council Committee 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 Federation Council Committee 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.

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.

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.

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 senators of the Russian Federation;

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;

d) organizational, informational, and documentation support for the work of senators of the Russian Federation with individual and collective appeals from citizens that have been received by the Federation Council.

Article 98. General structure of the Central Office of the Federation Council

The staff of the Federation Council consists of the Secretariat of the Chairman of the Federation Council, secretariats of the First Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council, secretariats of the Deputy Chairmen of the Federation Council, central offices of the Federation Council Committees, and the departments.

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.

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.

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.

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 senators of the Russian Federation 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.

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.

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.

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.

Article 104. Discussion of a federal law in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation 

Senators of the Russian Federation 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 senators of the Russian Federation to the draft federal law under consideration that were accepted (rejected) by the State Duma;

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 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 of the approved federal law was submitted to the State Duma by a senator (senators) of the Russian Federation, consideration of a federal law at the meeting of the Federation Council on the proposal of the committee responsible for reviewing the federal law may begin with the report by the senator of the Russian Federation. 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 senators of the Russian Federation in writing.

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).

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 senators of the Russian Federation 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).

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.

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 senators of the Russian Federation vote for its approval. The decision to approve the federal law shall be documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

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 senators of the Russian Federation who took part in the voting, but no less than one-quarter of the total number of senators of the Russian Federation. If this decision is not adopted, the chair must hold a vote on whether to approve the federal law.

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 senators of the Russian Federation 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 senators of the Russian Federation and documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

5. A conciliation commission shall be established on a parity basis from senators of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 senator of the Russian Federation 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 senator of the Russian Federation 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.

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.

3. Senators of the Russian Federation 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.

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.

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PROCEDURE FOR THE RE-CONSIDERATION BY THE FEDERATION COUNCIL OF A FEDERAL LAW REJECTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION
 

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 senators of the Russian Federation .

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 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 senators of the Russian Federation who took part in the voting, but no less than one-quarter of the total number of senators of the Russian Federation . 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.

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 senators of the Russian Federation.

2. If less than two-thirds of the total number of senators of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation to the commission shall be adopted by a majority vote of the total number of senators of the Russian Federation 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 senator of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 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.

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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 senators of the Russian Federation.

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 senators of the Russian Federation 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.

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 .

Article 123. Discussion of a federal constitutional law in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation

Senators of the Russian Federation 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.

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 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 senator (senators) of the Russian Federation, consideration of a federal constitutional law at the meeting of the Federation Council on the proposal of the committee responsible for reviewing the federal constitutional law may begin with the report by the senator of the Russian Federation. 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 senators of the Russian Federation in writing.

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.

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.

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.

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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation who took part in the voting, but no less than one-quarter of the total number of senators of the Russian Federation. If this decision is not adopted, the chair must hold a vote on whether to approve the federal law.

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 senators of the Russian Federation 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.

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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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 Federation Council Committee 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.

Article 131. Preliminary consideration of a draft law of the Russian Federation on an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation by the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building

1. The Federation Council Committee 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 Federation Council Committee 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 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 Federation Council Committee 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.

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.

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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 Federation Council Committee 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.

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 Federation Council Committee 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.

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 senators of the Russian Federation.

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.

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 SENATORS OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

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 senator(s) of the Russian Federation

1. A senator(s of the Russian Federation 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 Informational-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);

e1) the official opinion of the Government of the Russian Federation (in case of a bill amending the Russian Federation Code of Administrative Offences);

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);

(paragraph “g” has ceased to be in force as per Resolution No 130-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, dated 13 April 2022).

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. Consideration at the meeting of the Federation Council of the draft law and amendments to the draft law developed in the exercise of the right of legislative initiative of the Federation Council shall begin with the report of the initiator of the draft law and amendments to the draft law. 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 senators of the Russian Federation and documented by a resolution of the Federation Council. In the event of the termination (early termination) of the powers of a senator of the Russian Federation 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. Public discussion of the draft law may take place before it is submitted to the State Duma.

2. The decision to submit for public discussion a draft law developed in the exercise of the right of legislative initiative of the Federation Council may be adopted by the Federation Council on the basis of its consideration at the meeting of the Chamber. The decision shall be made by a majority vote of the total number of senators of the Russian Federation and shall be formalized by a resolution of the Federation Council, which specifies the period during which the public discussion of the draft law will take place, and the Federation Council Committee (Committees) responsible for the preparation and conduct of the public discussion. The draft law and the resolution of the Federation Council on its submission for public discussion shall be published on the official website of the Federation Council on the Internet.

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.

5. Public discussion of a bill originating from a senator (senators) exercising the right of legislative initiative shall be carried out, among other means, by uploading it to the Federation Council’s official website and indicating the timeframe for public discussion of the bill.

 

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.

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;

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);

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).

d) conclusion of the Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography on the agreement (contract) specified in item “a” of this Part on the change of borders.

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.

2. The documents specified in Part 1 of this Article shall be sent by the Speaker of the Federation Council to the Federation Council Committee on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Government and Northern Affairs for the preparation of a conclusion.

Article 146. Consideration of the approval of a change to the borders between constituent entities of the Russian Federation by the Federation Council Committee 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 Federation Council Committee on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Government and Northern Affairs.

2. The conclusion of the Federation Council Committee 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 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 Federation Council Committee on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Government and Northern Affairs adopts the relevant conclusion.

2. Authorized representatives of the legislative (representative) and executive bodies of state power of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, the borders between which are supposed to be changed, representatives of the Government of the Russian Federation, Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography, and other state authorities shall be invited to the meeting 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 Federation Council Committee 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.

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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 Federation Council Committee 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.

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.

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.

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

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 32, Article 63 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 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).

e) conclusion of the Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography on the application (submission) specified in item “a” of this Part.

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).

2. The documents specified in Part 1 of this Article shall be sent by the Speaker of the Federation Council to the Federation Council Committee on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Government and Northern Affairs in order to prepare a conclusion.

Article 1473. Consideration of the approval of a change to the border of a federal city by the Federation Council Committee 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 Federation Council Committee on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Government and Northern Affairs.

2. The conclusion of the Federation Council Committee 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 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 Federation Council Committee on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Government and Northern Affairs adopts the relevant conclusion.

2. Authorized representatives of the legislative (representative) and executive bodies of state power of the city of federal significance, the border of which is supposed to be changed, representatives of the Government of the Russian Federation, Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography, and other state authorities shall be invited to the meeting 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 Federation Council Committee 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.

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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 Federation Council Committee 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.

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.

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 Federation Council Committee on Defence and Security, Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building 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.

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 senators of the Russian Federation 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, senators of the Russian Federation 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 Federation Council Committee on Defence and Security, Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building and the Federation Council Committee 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 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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation, 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 Federation Council Committee on Defence and Security, Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building and the Federation Council Committee on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Government and Northern Affairs for the preparation of conclusions.

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 senators of the Russian Federation 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, senators of the Russian 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 Federation Council Committee on Defence and Security, Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building and the Federation Council Committee 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 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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation, 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 Federation Council Committee on Defence and Security, Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building and the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs for the preparation of conclusions.

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 Federation Council Committee on Defence and Security, Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building and the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs. 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 Federation Council Committee on Defence and Security, Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building and the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs shall be announced.

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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation, 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.

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.

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 .

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 Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building.

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 senators of the Russian Federation 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.

Chapter 23
PROCEDURE FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE FEDERATION COUNCIL OF THE ISSUE OF REMOVAL OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION FROM OFFICE AND DEPRIVATION OF THE INVIOLABILITY OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION WHO HAS TERMINATED THE EXERCISE OF HIS POWERS

Article 167. Powers of the Federation Council on the issues of removal of the President of the Russian Federation from office and deprivation of the inviolability of the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers

1. In accordance with item “e” of Part 1 of Article 102 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the Federation Council shall be responsible for the removal of the President of the Russian Federation from office and deprivation of the inviolability of the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers.

2. The Federation Council shall be entitled to dismiss the President of the Russian Federation from office and to deprive the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers of inviolability only on the basis of an accusation brought by the State Duma of high treason or committing another serious crime confirmed by the conclusion of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation on the presence in the actions of the President of the Russian Federation or the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers of signs of a crime and the conclusion by the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation on compliance with the established procedure for bringing charges.

Article 168. Receipt by the Federation Council of documents related to the removal of the President of the Russian Federation from office and deprivation of the inviolability of the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers

1. The Federation Council shall begin consideration of the issue related to removal of the President of the Russian Federation from office and deprivation of the inviolability of the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers after receiving the decision of the State Duma on bringing charges of high treason or committing another serious crime against the President of the Russian Federation and the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers, the conclusion of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation on the presence in the actions of the President of the Russian Federation and the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers of the signs of a crime.

2. Together with the decision of the State Duma to bring charges of high treason or committing another serious crime against the President of the Russian Federation and the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers, the conclusion of a special commission formed by the State Duma to assess the validity of the charges brought against the President of the Russian Federation and the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers, and the transcript of meeting of the State Duma at which the issue of bringing charges against the President of the Russian Federation and the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers was considered shall be submitted to the Federation Council.

Article 169. Submitting a request to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation to comply with the established procedure for bringing charges against the President of the Russian Federation and the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers

After receiving from the State Duma the documents specified in Article 168 of these Rules of Procedure, the Chairman of the Federation Council shall immediately submit the decision of the State Duma to bring charges against the President of the Russian Federation and the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers and all documents related to this charge to the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building and convene a meeting of the Federation Council in accordance with the procedure established by Article 217 of these Rules of Procedure for making a decision on submitting a request to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation to give an opinion on compliance with the established procedure for bringing charges against the President of the Russian Federation and the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers.

Article 170. Consideration of the issue related to removal of the President of the Russian Federation from office and deprivation of the inviolability of the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers at the meeting of the Federation Council

1. The issue related to removal of the President of the Russian Federation from office and deprivation of the inviolability of the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers without discussion and voting shall be included first in the agenda of a meeting of the Federation Council convened by the Chairman of the Federation Council within a period not exceeding 72 hours from the date of receipt of the conclusion of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation on compliance with the established procedure for bringing charges of high treason or committing another serious crime against the President of the Russian Federation and the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers.

2. The Chairman of the Federation Council shall notify the President of the Russian Federation and the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers, Chairman of the State Duma, Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, and the Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation of the date of meeting of the Federation Council, at which it is expected to consider the issue related to removal of the President of the Russian Federation from office and deprivation of the inviolability of the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers, and invites these persons to this meeting.

3. Members of a special commission formed by the State Duma to assess the validity of an accusation brought against the President of the Russian Federation and the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers shall be invited to the meeting of the Federation Council.

4. Consideration of the issue related to removal of the President of the Russian Federation from office and deprivation of the inviolability of the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers at the meeting of the Federation Council shall begin with a message from the Chairman of the State Duma on the grounds for bringing charges against the President of the Russian Federation and the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers. Then the floor shall be given to the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation to announce the conclusion of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation on compliance with the established procedure for bringing charges against the President of the Russian Federation and the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers, and the Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation to announce the conclusion of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation on the presence of signs of a crime in the actions of the President of the Russian Federation and the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers. After that, the conclusion of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building shall be heard.

5. When considering the issue related to removal of the President of the Russian Federation from office, the floor for speech shall be given to the President of the Russian Federation or the authorized representative of the President of the Russian Federation.

6. When considering the issue related to deprivation of immunity of the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers, he may be given the floor to speak.

Article 171. Making a decision on the removal of the President of the Russian Federation from office and deprivation of the inviolability of the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers

1. In accordance with Part 3 of Article 93 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the decision of the Federation Council on the removal of the President of the Russian Federation from office and deprivation of the inviolability of the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers shall be taken no later than within three months after the State Duma has brought charges against the President of the Russian Federation and the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers.

2. If the decision of the Federation Council to remove the President of the Russian Federation from office or to deprive the President of the Russian Federation of his immunity after the termination of his powers is not taken within three months after the State Duma has brought charges against the President of the Russian Federation, the charge against the President of the Russian Federation and the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers shall be considered rejected.

3. The decision of the Federation Council on the removal of the President of the Russian Federation from office and deprivation of the inviolability of the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers shall be taken by secret ballot using an electronic system. By a decision of the Federation Council, a secret ballot may be held using ballots.

4. The decision of the Federation Council on the removal of the President of the Russian Federation from office and deprivation of the inviolability of the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers shall be considered adopted if at least two-thirds of the total number of senators of the Russian Federation voted for it, and it shall be formalized by a resolution of the Federation Council.

5. If the necessary number of senators of the Russian Federation did not vote for the decision of the Federation Council on the removal of the President of the Russian Federation from office and deprivation of the inviolability of the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers, the consideration of the charges against the President of the Russian Federation and the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers shall be terminated, which is formalized by a resolution of the Federation Council.

6. The resolution of the Federation Council shall be immediately communicated to the public through the mass media.

Chapter 24
PROCEDURE FOR THE APPOINTMENT BY THE FEDERATION COUNCIL TO THE POSITION OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION, DEPUTY CHAIRMAN OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION, AND JUDGES OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION, CHAIRMAN OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION, DEPUTY CHAIRMEN OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION, AND JUDGES OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION, JUDGES OF THE ECONOMIC COURT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF INDEPENDENT STATES. PROCEDURE FOR APPROVAL BY THE FEDERATION COUNCIL ON THE PROPOSAL OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION OF MEMBERS OF THE PRESIDIUM OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION. PROCEDURE FOR TERMINATION BY THE FEDERATION COUNCIL OF POWERS OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION, DEPUTY CHAIRMAN OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION, AND JUDGES OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION, CHAIRMAN OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION, DEPUTY CHAIRMEN OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION, AND JUDGES OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION, CHAIRMEN, DEPUTY CHAIRMEN, AND JUDGES OF THE CASSATION COURTS OF GENERAL JURISDICTION, COURTS OF APPEAL OF GENERAL JURISDICTION, MILITARY COURT OF CASSATION, MILITARY COURT OF APPEAL, ARBITRATION COURTS OF DISTRICTS, ARBITRATION COURTS OF APPEAL, AND THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS COURT IN THE EVENT OF COMMITTING AN ACT THAT DISCREDITS THE HONOR AND DIGNITY OF A JUDGE, AS WELL AS IN OTHER CASES PROVIDED FOR BY THE FEDERAL CONSTITUTIONAL LAW INDICATING THAT THE JUDGE CANNOT EXERCISE HIS POWERS

Article 172. Powers of the Federation Council to appoint on the proposal of the President of the Russian Federation the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairmen of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, judges of the Economic Court of the Commonwealth of Independent States. Powers of the Federation Council to terminate the powers of the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairmen of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, chairmen, deputy chairmen, and judges of the cassation and appeal courts

1. In accordance with item “g” of Part 1 of Article 102 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the Federation Council shall be responsible for appointing the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairmen of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation. Judges of the Economic Court of the Commonwealth of Independent States in accordance with item 7 of the Rules of Procedure on the Economic Court of the Commonwealth of Independent States shall be appointed to the position in accordance with the procedure established for the appointment of judges of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation.

2. In accordance with item “k” of Part 1 of Article 102 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the Federation Council shall be responsible for terminating the powers of the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairmen of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, Chairmen of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, deputy chairmen and judges of the cassation and appeal courts in the event of committing an act that discredits the honor and dignity of a judge, as well as in other cases provided for by the federal constitutional law indicating that the judge cannot exercise his powers.

Article 173. Submission by the President of the Russian Federation of candidates for appointment to the position of the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairmen of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Economic Court of the Commonwealth of Independent States

1. Candidates for appointment to the position of the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairmen of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Economic Court of the Commonwealth of Independent States shall be considered by the Federation Council on the proposal of the President of the Russian Federation.

2. The issue related to appointment of the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and the Deputy Chairmen of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation shall be considered by the Federation Council within fourteen days from the date of receipt of the submission by the President of the Russian Federation. If necessary, the Chairman of the Federation Council shall convene an extraordinary meeting of the Chamber to consider this issue.

3. The issue related to appointing judges of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation and the Economic Court of the Commonwealth of Independent States shall be considered by the Federation Council within thirty days from the day following the date of receipt of the submission by the President of the Russian Federation.

4. The issue related to appointing the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairmen of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, judges of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Economic Court of the Commonwealth of Independent States shall be included in the agenda of the session of the Chamber as a separate issue.

Article 174. Discussion of candidates submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for appointment to the position of the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairmen of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, judges of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Economic Court of the Commonwealth of Independent States in the Federation Council Committees

1. Candidates submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for appointment to the position of the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairmen of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, judges of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Economic Court of the Commonwealth of Independent States shall be discussed in advance in the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building, which prepares an opinion on each candidate.

2. Candidates submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for appointment to the position of judges of the Economic Court of the Commonwealth of Independent States shall also be discussed in advance in the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs.

3. Candidates specified in Part 1 of this Article shall be represented at meetings of the committees by the plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council.

4. Candidates for the position of judges of the specified courts may be invited to meetings of the Federation Council Committees.

Article 175. Consideration of the issue related to appointment of the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairmen of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, judges of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Economic Court of the Commonwealth of Independent States at a meeting of the Federation Council

1. Consideration of the issue related to appointment of the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairmen of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, judges of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Economic Court of the Commonwealth of Independent States at a meeting of the Federation Council shall begin with a speech by the plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council. Then the floor for the report shall be given to the Chairman, First Deputy Chairman, or the Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building, as well as for the co-report to the Chairman, First Deputy Chairman, or the Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs on candidates for appointment to the position of judges of the Economic Court of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

2. After discussion on each candidate submitted for appointment by the President of the Russian Federation for the position of the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairmen of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, judges of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Economic Court of the Commonwealth of Independent States, a secret ballot shall be held using an electronic system. By a decision of the Federation Council, a secret ballot may be held using ballots.

3. The persons appointed to the position of the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairmen of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, judges of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Economic Court of the Commonwealth of Independent States shall be considered those who have received a majority of votes from the total number of senators of the Russian Federation.

4. Appointment to the position of the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairmen of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, judges of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Economic Court of the Commonwealth of Independent States shall be made by resolutions of the Federation Council.

5. If the candidates submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for appointment to the position of the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairmen of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, judges of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Economic Court of the Commonwealth of Independent States do not receive the required number of votes of the senators of the Russian Federation, they shall be rejected, which is formalized by the resolutions of the Federation Council. No special vote shall be required for the adoption of the resolutions.

6. If the Federation Council rejects the candidates submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for appointment to the position of the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairmen of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, judges of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the 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 the differences that have arisen. The Chairman of the Federation Council shall submit a resolution of the Federation Council to the President of the Russian Federation within three days. To conduct consultations, the Federation Council shall create a group of senators of the Russian Federation or assign consultations to the Chairman of the Federation Council.

Article 176. Procedure for approval by the Federation Council on the proposal of the President of the Russian Federation of members of the Presidium of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation

1. In accordance with Article 6 of the Federal Constitutional Law “On the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation”, the Federation Council shall approve members of the Presidium of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation on the proposal of the President of the Russian Federation from among the judges of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation.

2. The issue related to approval of members of the Presidium of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation shall be considered by the Federation Council within thirty days from the day following the day of receipt of the submission by the President of the Russian Federation.

3. Candidates submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for approval by members of the Presidium of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation shall be preliminarily considered by the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building, which prepares an opinion on each candidate.

4. Candidates submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for approval by members of the Presidium of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation shall be represented at the meeting of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building by the plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council. Candidates submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for approval by members of the Presidium of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation may be invited to the meeting of the Federation Council Committee.

5. The Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation and the candidates submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for approval by members of the Presidium of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation shall be invited to the meeting of the Federation Council to consider the issue related to approval of members of the Presidium of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation.

6. Consideration of the issue related to approval of members of the Presidium of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation shall begin with the speech of the plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council. Then the floor for the report shall be given to the chairman, first deputy chairman, or the deputy chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building.

7. After discussion, a vote shall be held on each candidate submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for approval by member of the Presidium of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation.

8. The decision on the approval of member of the Presidium of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation shall be taken by a majority vote of the total number of senators of the Russian Federation and shall be issued by a resolution of the Federation Council.

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, shall present a copy of the resolution of the Federation Council on its appointment 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

After the announcement of the results of voting on the candidates submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for appointment to the position of the Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairmen of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, judges of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Economic Court of the Commonwealth of Independent States for approval by members of the Presidium of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, the Chairman of the Federation Council shall present to each person appointed to the position of judge approved by member of the Presidium of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation a copy of the resolution of the Federation Council. 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 1781. Consideration of the issue related to termination of powers of the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairmen of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, chairmen, deputy chairmen, and judges of the cassation courts of general jurisdiction, courts of appeal of general jurisdiction, military court of cassation, military court of appeal, arbitration courts of districts, arbitration courts of appeal, and the Intellectual Property Rights Court in the event of committing an act that discredits the honor and dignity of a judge, as well as in other cases provided for by the federal constitutional law indicating that the judge cannot exercise his powers

1. In accordance with the Federal Constitutional Law “On the Judicial System of the Russian Federation”, the Federation Council shall terminate powers of the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairmen of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and judges of the cassation courts of general jurisdiction, appeal courts of general jurisdiction, military court of cassation, military court of appeal, commercial courts of districts, commercial courts of appeal, and the Intellectual Property Rights Court (hereinafter referred to as the “judge”) on the proposal of the President of the Russian Federation in the event of committing an act that discredits the honor and dignity of a judge, as well as in other cases indicating the impossibility of the judge exercising his powers, including:

non-compliance with the restrictions, prohibitions, and requirements established by the Federal Law “On Combating Corruption”;

termination of citizenship of the Russian Federation, acquisition of citizenship (nationality) of a foreign state, or obtaining a residence permit or other document confirming the right to permanent residence of a citizen of the Russian Federation on the territory of a foreign state;

violations by the judge, their spouse, and minor children of the prohibition to open and have accounts (deposits) to keep cash and valuables with foreign banks located outside the territory of the Russian Federation, to own and/or use foreign financial instruments;

engaging in activities incompatible with the position of a judge;

in other cases provided for by other federal constitutional laws.

2. The issue related to termination of powers of a judge shall be considered by the Federation Council within fourteen days from the date of receipt of the submission of the President of the Russian Federation. If necessary, the Chairman of the Federation Council shall convene an extraordinary meeting of the Chamber to consider this issue.

3. Submission by the President of the Russian Federation on the termination of powers of a judge shall be discussed in advance in the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building and the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security, which prepare the corresponding conclusions.

4. Submission by the President of the Russian Federation on the termination of powers of a judge of the Intellectual Property Rights Court shall also be discussed in advance in the Federation Council Committee on Science, Education and Culture.

5. Submission by the President of the Russian Federation on the termination of powers of a judge at the meetings of the Federation Council Committees shall be submitted by the plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council.

6. A preliminary discussion of the submission by the President of the Russian Federation on the termination of powers of a judge may be held at a joint meeting of the Federation Council Committees.

7. Conclusions of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security and the Federation Council Committee on Science, Education and Culture shall be submitted to the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building before its meeting, except for the case when the discussion takes place at a joint meeting of the Federation Council Committees.

8. Consideration of the issue related to termination of powers of a judge at the meeting of the Federation Council shall begin with a speech by the plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council. Then the floor shall be given to the chairmen, first deputy chairmen, or deputy chairmen of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building, Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security, and the Federation Council Committee on Science, Education and Culture to announce the conclusions of the committees.

9. When considering the issue related to termination of powers of a judge, a judge whose powers are terminated may be invited to meetings of the Federation Council Committees and the meeting of the Federation Council.

10. During the discussion, senators of the Russian Federation shall be entitled to ask questions to the plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council, speakers from the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building, Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security, and the Federation Council Committee on Science, Education and Culture, and a judge.

11. After discussing the issue related to termination of the judge’s powers, a secret vote shall be held using an electronic system. The Federation Council may decide to hold a secret ballot using ballots or open voting.

12. The decision to terminate the powers of a judge shall be taken by a majority vote of the total number of senators of the Russian Federation and shall be formalized by a resolution of the Federation Council.

Article 1782. Consideration of the issue related to early termination of powers of the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation and the Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation without termination of his powers as a judge of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation

1. In accordance with Article 23 of the Federal Constitutional Law “On the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation”, powers of the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation and the Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation may be prematurely terminated by the Federation Council on the proposal of the President of the Russian Federation without termination of his powers as a judge of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation.

2. Submission by the President of the Russian Federation on the early termination of powers of the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation and the Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation without termination of his powers as a judge of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation shall be discussed in advance in the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building and the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security in accordance with the procedure provided for in Parts 3 and 5–7 of Article 1781 of these Rules of Procedure.

3. Consideration of the issue related to early termination of powers of the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation and the Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation without termination of his powers as a judge of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation at the meeting of the Federation Council shall be carried out in accordance with the procedure provided for in Parts 8–12 of Article 1781 of these Rules of Procedure.

Chapter 25
PROCEDURE FOR HOLDING CONSULTATIONS IN THE FEDERATION COUNCIL ON CANDIDATES SUBMITTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION FOR THE POSITION OF THE PROSECUTOR GENERAL OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION, DEPUTY PROSECUTOR GENERAL OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION, PUBLIC PROSECUTORS OF THE CONSTITUENT ENTITIES OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION, PUBLIC PROSECUTORS OF MILITARY AND OTHER SPECIALIZED PUBLIC PROSECUTOR’S OFFICES EQUIVALENT TO THE PUBLIC PROSECUTORS OF THE CONSTITUENT ENTITIES OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

Article 179. Powers of the Federation Council to hold consultations on candidates submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for the position of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, public prosecutors of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, public prosecutors of military and other specialized public prosecutor’s offices equivalent to the public prosecutors of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation

In accordance with item “h” of Part 1 of Article 102 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the Federation Council shall be responsible for holding consultations on candidates submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for the position of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, public prosecutors of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, public prosecutors of military and other specialized public prosecutor’s offices equivalent to the public prosecutors of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation.

Article 180. Submission by the President of the Russian Federation for consultation of the candidate for the position of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation

1. Submission of a candidate for the position of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation and other materials describing the submitted candidate shall be submitted to the Federation Council by the President of the Russian Federation.

2. The Federation Council shall consider a candidate for the position of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation submitted for consultation and inform the President of the Russian Federation of the results of consideration no later than one week from the date of receipt of the submission and other materials describing the submitted candidate. If necessary, the Chairman of the Federation Council may convene an extraordinary meeting of the Chamber to consider this issue.

Article 181. Preliminary discussion of the candidate for the position of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for consultations in the Federation Council Committees

1. The candidate for the position of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for consultations shall be discussed in advance in the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building and the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security, which prepare conclusions on the submitted candidate.

2. The candidate for the position of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for consultations at the meetings of the Federation Council Committees shall be represented by the plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council.

3. The candidate for the position of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation shall be invited to attend meetings of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building and the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security, and to attend a meeting of the Federation Council.

4. The preliminary discussion of the candidate for the position of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for consultations may be held at a joint meeting of the Federation Council Committees.

5. The conclusion of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security shall be submitted to the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building before its meeting, except for the case when the discussion takes place at a joint meeting of the Federation Council Committees.

Article 182. Consideration of the candidate for the position of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for consultations at the meeting of the Federation Council

1. Consideration of the candidate for the position of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for consultations at the meeting of the Federation Council shall begin with a speech by the plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council. Then the floor for the report shall be given to the chairman, first deputy chairman, or the deputy chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building. A co-report may be made by the Chairman, First Deputy Chairman, or the Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security.

2. During the discussion, senators of the Russian Federation may ask questions to the plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council, speakers from the Federation Council Committees, and the candidate for the position of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation.

3. Results of the consideration of the candidate for the position of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for consultations shall be formalized by a resolution of the Federation Council, which shall be immediately submitted to the President of the Russian Federation.

Article 183. Nomination of a new candidate by the President of the Russian Federation for appointment as Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation 

(Article 183 ceased to have effect in accordance with Resolution No. 24-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 17 February 2021.)

Article 184. Swearing-in of an individual appointed as Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation

(Article 184 ceased to have effect in accordance with Resolution No. 24-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 17 February 2021.)

Article 185. Consideration of the dismissal of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation at sittings of the committees of the Federation Council

(Article 185 ceased to have effect in accordance with Resolution No. 24-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 17 February 2021.)

Article 186. Consideration of the dismissal of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation at a sitting of the Federation Council

(Article 186 ceased to have effect in accordance with Resolution No. 24-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 17 February 2021.)

Article 187. Procedure for resolving disagreements that arise during the appointment and dismissal of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation 

(Article 187 ceased to have effect in accordance with Resolution No. 24-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 17 February 2021.)

Article 188. Holding consultations on the candidates submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for the position of the Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, public prosecutors of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, public prosecutors of military and other specialized public prosecutor’s offices equivalent to the public prosecutors of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council Committees

1. Submissions on candidates for the position of the Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, public prosecutors of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, public prosecutors of military and other specialized public prosecutor’s offices equivalent to the public prosecutors of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation (hereinafter referred to as “candidates for the position of public prosecutors”), and other materials describing the submitted candidates shall be submitted to the Federation Council by the President of the Russian Federation.

2. Candidates for the position of public prosecutors submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for consultations shall be discussed in accordance with the issues of competence in the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building, Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security, as well as the Federation Council Committee on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Self-Government and Northern Affairs, which prepare opinions on the submitted candidates. By the decision of the Chairman of the Federation Council, candidates for the position of public prosecutors may be discussed in other Federation Council Committees. Conclusions of the Federation Council Committees shall be submitted to the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building before its meeting, except for the case when the discussion takes place at a joint meeting of the Federation Council Committees.

3. Candidates for the position of public prosecutors submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for consultations at the meetings of the Federation Council Committees shall be represented by the plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council. Candidates for the position of public prosecutors shall be invited to attend meetings of the Federation Council Committees.

4. Candidates for the position of public prosecutors submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for consultation may be discussed at a joint meeting of the Federation Council Committees.

5. Senators of the Russian Federation shall be informed about the date and place of meetings of the Federation Council Committees by publishing information on the corporate computer network or otherwise.

6. When considering the candidates for the position of public prosecutors submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for consultations, the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation shall be invited to attend the meetings of the Federation Council Committees.

7. When considering the candidates submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for the position of public prosecutors of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation for consultations, senators of the Russian Federation acting as representatives of the relevant constituent entities of the Russian Federation shall be invited to the meetings of the Federation Council Committees.

8. The Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building shall inform the Chairman of the Federation Council of the decision taken on the results of consideration by the Federation Council Committees of the submitted candidates for the position of public prosecutors.

9. The Chairman of the Federation Council shall inform the President of the Russian Federation in writing of the results of the consultations held by the Federation Council Committees on the proposals submitted by the President of the Russian Federation:

candidates for the position of the Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation — no later than one week from the date of receipt by the Federation Council of submissions on candidates; candidates for the position of public prosecutors of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, public prosecutors of military and other specialized public prosecutor’s offices equivalent to public prosecutors of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation — no later than ten days from the date of receipt by the Federation Council of submissions on candidates.

10. Information on the results of the consideration of candidates for the position of public prosecutors submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for consultations shall be published on the official website of the Federation Council on the Internet.

11. The Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building shall inform the Federation Council of the results of the consideration of candidates for the position of public prosecutors submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for consultation at the next meeting of the Federation Council.

Chapter 251
PROCEDURE FOR HOLDING CONSULTATIONS IN THE FEDERATION COUNCIL ON CANDIDATES SUBMITTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION FOR THE POSITIONS OF HEADS OF THE FEDERAL EXECUTIVE BODIES (INCLUDING FEDERAL MINISTERS) IN CHARGE OF DEFENSE, STATE SECURITY, INTERNAL AFFAIRS, JUSTICE, FOREIGN AFFAIRS, EMERGENCY PREVENTION, DISASTER MANAGEMENT, AND PUBLIC SECURITY

Article 1881. Powers of the Federation Council to hold consultations on candidates submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for the positions of heads of the federal executive bodies (including federal ministers) in charge of defense, state security, internal affairs, justice, foreign affairs, emergency prevention, disaster management, and public security

1. In accordance with item “j” of Part 1 of Article 102 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the Federation Council shall be responsible for holding consultations on candidates submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for the position of heads of the federal executive bodies (including federal ministers) in charge of defense, state security, internal affairs, justice, foreign affairs, emergency prevention, disaster management, and public security (hereinafter referred to as “candidates for the position of heads of the federal executive bodies”).

2. The Federation Council shall inform the President of the Russian Federation of the results of the consideration of the submitted candidates for the position of heads of the federal executive bodies no later than one week from the date of receipt of the submissions and other materials describing the submitted candidates. If necessary, the Chairman of the Federation Council may convene an extraordinary meeting of the Chamber to consider this issue.

Article 1882. Preliminary discussion of candidates submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for consultations for the position of heads of the federal executive bodies in the Federation Council Committees

1. Candidates submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for consultations for the position of heads of the federal executive bodies shall be discussed in advance in accordance with the issues of competence in the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building, Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security, Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, as well as the Federation Council Committee on the Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Self-Government and Northern Affairs, which prepare conclusions (decisions) on the submitted candidates.

2. The Chairman of the Federation Council shall be entitled to appoint other Federation Council Committees acting as co-executors for preliminary discussion of the candidates submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for consultations for the position of heads of the federal executive bodies and preparation of conclusions (decisions).

3. Candidates for the position of heads of the federal executive bodies submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for consultations at the meetings of the Federation Council Committees shall be represented by the plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council.

4. Candidates for the position of heads of the federal executive bodies shall be invited to attend the meetings of the Federation Council Committees and the meeting of the Federation Council.

5. The preliminary discussion of the candidates submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for consultations for the position of heads of the federal executive bodies at the meetings of the Federation Council Committees may be held behind closed doors.

6. Preliminary discussion of the candidates submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for consultation for the position of heads of the federal executive bodies may be held at a joint meeting of the Federation Council Committees.

7. The conclusion (decision) of the Federation Council Committee acting as the co-executor on the candidate for the position of head of the federal executive body submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for consultations shall be submitted to the Federation Council Committee responsible for considering the specified issue in the Federation Council before its meeting, except for the case when the discussion takes place at a joint meeting of the Federation Council Committees.

Article 1883. Consideration of candidates submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for consultations for the position of heads of the federal executive bodies at a meeting of the Federation Council

1. Consideration of the candidates submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for consultations for the position of heads of the federal executive bodies at a meeting of the Federation Council shall begin with a speech by the plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council. Then the floor for the report shall be given to the chairman, first deputy chairman, or the deputy chairman of the Federation Council Committee responsible for consideration of the specified issue in the Federation Council. A co-report may be made by the Chairman, First Deputy Chairman, or the Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee acting as the co-executor.

2. During the discussion, senators of the Russian Federation may ask questions to the plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Federation Council, speakers from the Federation Council Committees, and candidates for the position of heads of the federal executive bodies.

3. The results of the consideration of a candidate for the position of head of the federal executive body submitted by the President of the Russian Federation for consultations shall be formalized by a resolution of the Federation Council, which shall be immediately submitted to the President of the Russian Federation.

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 

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 Federation Council Committee 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 Federation Council Committee 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 Federation Council Committee 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.

2. During the discussion, senators of the Russian Federation 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 Federation Council Committee 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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation, 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 senators of the Russian Federation, 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 Federation Council Committee 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.

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, senators of the Russian Federation 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 Federation Council Committee 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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation, 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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 Federation Council Committee on the Budget and Financial Markets jointly with the Federation Council Committee 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.

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 senators of the Russian Federation voted for it.

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PROCEDURE FOR THE APPOINTMENT AND DISMISSAL BY THE FEDERATION COUNCIL OF MEMBERS OF THE CENTRAL ELECTION COMMISSION OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION 

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. Formation of a list 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 proposed by the legislative (representative) bodies of state power of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation and the highest officials of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation (heads of the highest executive bodies of state power of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation) shall be preliminarily discussed in the Federation Council Committee on the Rules of Procedure and Parliamentary Governance, which prepares an opinion on each candidate.

2. Candidates for appointment as members of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation may be invited to a meeting of the Federation Council Committee on the Rules of Procedure and Parliamentary Governance.

3. After the discussion, the Committee of the Federation Council on the Rules of Procedure and Parliamentary Governance shall vote separately on each candidate. The voting order shall be determined as the number of legislative (representative) bodies of state power of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation and the highest officials of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation (heads of the highest executive bodies of state power of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation) who proposed a candidate decreases. Based on the voting results, a list of candidates for appointment as members of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall be formed and submitted to the Federation Council for consideration. The number of candidates included in the specified list shall correspond to the number of vacant seats of members of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation appointed by the Federation Council.

4. The Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on the Rules of Procedure and Parliamentary Governance shall bring to the attention of the Chamber the conclusions of the committee on the candidates included in the list.

5. By the decision of the Federation Council, the candidates included in the list may be discussed.

Article 197. Procedure for voting on candidates for appointment as members of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation at a meeting of the Federation Council

1. A secret ballot shall be held at a meeting of the Federation Council for each candidate for appointment as member of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation.

2. Member of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall be considered appointed if a majority of the total number of senators of the Russian Federation voted for the candidate. The appointment of member of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation shall be made by the resolution of the Federation Council.

3. If based on the voting results one or more members of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation are not appointed, the appointment procedure shall be repeated.

Article 198. Adoption of a decision on the appointment of a member of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation

(Article 198 ceased to have effect in accordance with Resolution No. 24-SF of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation dated 17 February 2021.)

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 senators of the Russian Federation 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.

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PROCEDURE FOR THE APPOINTMENT BY THE FEDERATION COUNCIL OF PUBLIC SPOKESPERSON MEMBERS OF THE HIGHER QUALIFICATION BOARD OF JUDGES OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION 

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 

1. The Federation Council Committee 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”.

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 Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building.

3. The Federation Council Committee 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.

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 Federation Council Committee 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.

2. During the discussion, the senators of the Russian Federation may pose questions to the candidates and the speaker from the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building and also speak out in favour of or against the candidates nominated.

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.

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 senators of the Russian Federation voted for this candidate.

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 senators of the Russian Federation during voting, the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building shall submit a new candidate to the Federation Council in the manner prescribed by this chapter.

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 senators of the Russian Federation 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. 

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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 Council of the Chamber shall consider proposals prepared by relevant committees of the Federation Council on standard legislative acts adopted by the Inter-parliamentary Assembly of the Member Nations of the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation.

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 Council of the Chamber to draft a bill in the procedure used by the Federation Council to exercise the right to a legislative initiative.

Article 202 Cooperation of the Federation Council with the parliaments (chambers of parliaments) of foreign states and international parliamentary organizations

1. The Federation Council shall cooperate with the parliaments (chambers of parliaments) of foreign states and international parliamentary organizations in accordance with the plan for inter-parliamentary cooperation, which shall be approved annually by the Council of the Chamber based on a proposal from the Speaker of the Federation Council. The draft plan for inter-parliamentary cooperation shall be preliminarily considered by the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs and the Federation Council Committee on the Rules of Procedure and Parliamentary Governance (in terms of financial support), which shall take into account the proposals of other committees of the Federation Council and of the Inter-Parliamentary Group of the Russian Federation.

2. The Federation Council may conclude agreements on inter-parliamentary 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.

3. 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 at international parliamentary organizations and approve their members based on a proposal from the Speaker of the Federation Council as well as the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs.

The participation of the senators of the Russian Federation in the activities of the Inter-parliamentary Union is regulated by the statute on the Inter-parliamentary Group of the Russian Federation adopted by the general meeting of the Inter-parliamentary Group of the Russian Federation.

4. The Council of the Chamber shall approve the Rules of Procedure coordinated with the State Duma on the Russian parts of inter-parliamentary 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 Federation Council Committee on International Affairs.

5. 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 proposal from the Speaker of the Federation Council. The work of the aforementioned groups for cooperation shall be coordinated within the Inter-parliamentary Group of the Russian Federation.

6. The Speaker of the Federation Council shall hold sittings concerning inter-parliamentary cooperation in order to enhance the effectiveness of cooperation between the Federation Council and the parliaments (chambers of 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.

7. International fora, 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 inter-parliamentary cooperation.

Article 203. Sending of delegations of the Federation Council abroad

1. In accordance with the annual plan for inter-parliamentary cooperation, the Council of the Chamber shall approve each month the members of delegations from the Federation Council sent abroad, the heads of these delegations, their deputies and accompanying persons as well as determine the scope of their powers and travel expenses based on the proposal from the Speaker of the Federation Council as well as the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs. Delegations from the Federation Council and senators of the Russian Federation shall be sent abroad in accordance with the Rules of Procedure approved by the Speaker of the Federation Council.

2. Directives on official and business visits made within the framework of inter-parliamentary exchange as well as on sending senators of the Russian Federation abroad shall be issued by the Speaker of the Federation Council or, based on his/her instructions, by the First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council or by a Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council.

3. A delegation from the Federation Council shall submit a report on the outcome of a visit to the Speaker of the Federation Council. Upon the instruction of the Speaker of the Federation Council this report may be distributed as information to the senators of the Russian Federation.

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. In accordance with the plan of inter-parliamentary cooperation, the Council of the Chamber, upon the proposal from the Speaker of the Federation Council, as well as the Committee of the Federation Council on International Affairs, shall decide each month on receiving delegations of parliaments (chambers of parliaments) of foreign states and of international parliamentary organizations at the Federation Council and determine the costs associated with the reception of these delegations.

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 Federation Council Committee on International Affairs.

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.

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.

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.

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 senators of the Russian Federation and documented by a resolution of the Federation Council.

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.

Article 207. Consultations by the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs on the appointment and recall of diplomatic representatives

1. The Federation Council Committee on International 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 Federation Council Committee on International 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 Federation Council Committee on International 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 Federation Council Committee on International 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.

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 senators of the Russian Federation.

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 Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building, which shall prepare a conclusion on them.

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.

3. During the discussion, senators of the Russian Federation 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 senators of the Russian Federation 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 Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building .

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. Submission of a request to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation for an opinion on compliance with the established procedure for bringing charges against the President of the Russian Federation and the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers

1. If the Federation Council receives a decision of the State Duma to bring charges against the President of the Russian Federation and the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers for high treason or committing another serious crime confirmed by the conclusion of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation on the presence of signs of a crime in the actions of the President of the Russian Federation and the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers, the Federation Council shall consider an appeal to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation with a request for an opinion on compliance with the established procedure for bringing charges.

2. Within a period sufficient for the Federation Council to submit a request to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, but not later than one month from the date of the State Duma’s decision to bring charges against the President of the Russian Federation and the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers, the Chairman of the Federation Council shall convene an extraordinary meeting of the Federation Council if no regular meeting of the Federation Council is expected to be held within this period.

3. The issue of submitting a request to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation to comply with the established procedure for bringing charges against the President of the Russian Federation and the President of the Russian Federation who has terminated the exercise of his powers for high treason or committing another serious crime shall be included in the agenda of the relevant meeting of the Federation Council first without discussion and voting.

Article 218. Request to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation from one-fifth of the senators of the Russian Federation 

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 senators of the Russian Federation. In this case, the request shall be signed by the senators of the Russian Federation sending it to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation with an indication of the surname, name, and patronymic of each senator of the Russian Federation and the name of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation represented by the senator of the Russian Federation.

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.

Chapter 32
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 senators of the Russian Federation. 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 senators of the Russian Federation. 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 to these Rules of Procedure

1. Proposals on amendments to these Rules of Procedure shall be submitted in writing to the Federation Council Committee on the Rules of Procedure and Parliamentary Governance by a committee of the Federation Council, a group of senators of the Russian Federation, or a senator of the Russian Federation and shall be considered at the next sitting of this committee.

2. The committee of the Federation Council, group of senators of the Russian Federation, or senator of the Russian Federation who submitted the proposals specified in Part 1 of this Article may specify them during their consideration by the Federation Council Committee on the Rules of Procedure and Parliamentary Governance.

3. The Federation Council Committee on the Rules of Procedure 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 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 Federation Council Committee on the Rules of Procedure and Parliamentary Governance.

Article 222. Monitoring of compliance with the provisions of these Rules of Procedure. Explanation of the provisions of these Rules of Procedure

Monitoring of compliance with the provisions of these Rules of Procedure, as well as their clarification shall be carried out by the Federation Council Committee on the Rules of Procedure and Parliamentary Governance.