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Putin signs bill giving ex-presidents lifetime immunity

Putin signs bill giving ex-presidents lifetime immunity
Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a bill that prevents former Russian presidents and their families from being held legally responsible for anything they do for the rest of their lives, according to reports.

Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a bill that prevents former Russian presidents and their families from being held legally responsible for anything they do for the rest of their lives, according to The Guardian.Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with deputy prime minister Alexander Novak at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow on December 22, 2020.(MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images) The legislation also means former presidents and their families would not have to answer to law enforcement or allow searches of their persons or properties.Most Read The Guardian reports that the legislation Putin rubber-stamped this week includes a lifetime seat in Russia’s senate, which would grant him immunity from those charges as well.

Those modifications also made the 68-year-old leader eligible to remain in his current office through 2036.Putin’s lack of transparency makes his financial worth difficult to calculate, though Newsweek reported in 2019 that some analysts believe he could be the world’s richest man.

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