Putin will discuss with the Working group of a new amendment to the Basic Law of the country

“we Will discuss the texts of the amendments, already we have accumulated,” he said about the agenda of the meeting with the President, the co-chair of the Working group, the head of the Duma Committee on state construction and legislation Pavel Krasheninnikov. The members of the group with polls are monitoring the mood of the Russians, their attitude towards specific initiatives and willingness to participate in the national vote. “Today we have had the opportunity to check on the progress of consideration, as society responds to the amendments proposed by the President, which develops the working group,” said Krasheninnikov. “We see that already the number of citizens who show up at the polls increases. And also that for us at this stage, it is important we support the specific amendments, the majority of respondents”, he added.

Pavel Krasheninnikov: We see that the number of citizens who show up at the polls, increases

According to head VTSIOM Valery Fedorova, who also took part in the meeting of the Working group, the majority of respondents on 20 February of the respondents intend to come to the polling places. “The proportion declaring willingness to participate in the vote today is about two thirds, of which 41 percent is determined to take part in the vote,” he said. A quarter of Russians – 25% – most will take part in the vote, and 23 percent are still undecided.

Photo: Sergey Fadeichev/TASS In the state Duma amendments to the Constitution on local self-government

the voter Awareness about the nationwide voting sociologists estimated as high at four-fifths (79 per cent). Moreover, this number continues to grow, Fyodorov said.

Experts of VCIOM asked Russians what constitutional amendments they know. The leader of this rating has become a guarantee the indexation of pensions, on the second place – other amendments relating to social policy, the third – the prohibition for one person to hold the office of President more than two times in a row.

in addition, sociologists have offered a list of ten amendments, which respondents had to rate in order of importance. It guarantees quality and affordable medicines, protection of children, the indexation of pensions, the size of the minimum wage not below the subsistence minimum, the prohibition on alienation of territories, formation of the responsible attitude towards animals, a ban for officials to hold citizenship, residence permits and Bank accounts abroad and others. “We tested all 10 of the proposals for constitutional change received strong support and considered significant and worthy of a positive relationship,” – said Valery Fedorov. “With the highest rates are recorded in relation to the social unit offers. Comparative leadership for the idea to consolidate the state guarantees on ensuring the availability and quality of health care in the Constitution of the Russian Federation”, – he said. This amendment 97 percent of respondents called it important and worthy of support.

As told by a member of the Working group, Duma Deputy Olga batalina, the amendment will be reflected in two articles of the Constitution Chapter 3 “Federal structure”. Thus, article 71 is proposed to be attributed to the jurisdiction of the Russian Federation “the establishment of a unified legal framework of the organization of rendering of medical aid”. The theme will be continued in article 72, concerning subjects of joint conducting the centre and regions. Here in the subparagraph “g” proposed to expand the wording on health care and Supplement it with norm about creating the conditions “for healthy lifestyles, provide affordable and quality medical care.” “This is exactly the language that received the support of citizens in the poll,” – said batalina.

Photo: Anton novoderezhkin / TASS Krasheninnikov: Amendments to the preamble of the Constitution are not discussed

the Third Chapter of the Basic Law, she said, also proposed to add a new article, which will take into account the working group’s proposals for amendments in the preamble. Pavel Krasheninnikov said that while the introductory part decided not to touch it. But all constructive suggestions will be reflected in other sections of the Constitution. In particular, the rules on strengthening the protection of children’s rights will be included in a new article 67.1. According to Olga Batalina, there appears the following wording: “Children are the most important treasure of Russia. The state creates conditions conducive to the comprehensive spiritual, moral, intellectual and physical development of children, teaching them patriotism, citizenship and respect for elders”. In addition, the working group proposes to Supplement this article with another norm: “the State recognizes the priority of family education of children assumes parental responsibilities for those children who have remained without care of parents”.

a Number of introducing a constitutional change will require adjustments to other regulations. In particular the thesis of the inalienability of the Russian territories. It is supported in the working group and in society, as shown by data VTSIOM. This amendment entered into the five of the most well-known among Russians. “How we showed the results of a survey of citizens, citizens actively support the inclusion in the Constitution guarantees against expropriation of territory, and that guarantee is proposed to be codified in new part 67 of the articles of the Constitution, in particular by providing that the Russian Federation ensures protection of sovereignty and territorial integrity, the inviolability of state borders and prohibits any actions directed on alienation of the territory, as well as calls for such actions”, – said during the meeting of the working group on preparation for changes in the ConstitutionYu Dean of the law faculty of St. Petersburg state University Sergey Belov.

Following the ban, the law will prescribe and the responsibility for its violation, said Pavel Krasheninnikov. “We will except to that amendment, the relevant provisions in the Criminal code and the Code of administrative offenses”, – he told reporters.