Russian State Duma proposes a constitutional review to Putin 

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with the leadership of the State Duma and Federation Council. Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin proposed to him that the Russian Constitution needed an overhaul and that legal experts should be called in to evaluate its relevance to the current reality. 

“25 years ago is the time when such questions could have be answered,” TASS cites Volodin as saying. The Deputy claimed that judges from the Constitutional Court, scholars in the Constitutional Right and other experts could be involved in this case. They could figure out how “the Constitution and its norms… are consistent with the provisions that were adopted”. 

At the same time, Volodin stated that “the fundamental provisions” should not be changed. Putin’s response to the proposal is yet unknown. 

Earlier, the Chairman of the Russian Constitutional Court, Valery Zorkin stated that the Russian constitution had several shortcomings that would need changes. The Kremlin regarded the statement as Zorkin’s personal point of view.

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