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Amendments to federal constitutional laws governing states of emergency and martial law

November 2, 2023

The President signed the Federal Constitutional Law On Amending Article 37 of the Federal Constitutional Law On the State of Emergency and Articles 7 and 22 of the Federal Constitutional Law On Martial Law.

In keeping with the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of November 4, 1950, Article 37 of the Federal Constitutional Law On the State of Emergency and Article 22 of Federal Constitutional Law On Martial Law stated that the Russian Federation shall inform the Secretary General of the Council of Europe whenever it derogated from its obligations under international treaties leading it to restrict citizens’ rights and freedoms, as well as when introducing martial law or declaring a state of emergency in the Russian Federation or in specific locations within its territory, and when terminating these derogations.

Considering that the Convention and the protocols ratified by the Russian Federation no longer apply to the Russian Federation, the federal constitutional laws mentioned above have been amended to exclude any references to the Convention and the need to inform the Council of Europe’s Secretary General.

In addition to this, Paragraph 4 in Article 7 of the Federal Constitutional Law On Martial Law shall be amended to comply with the provisions set forth in Federal Law No 184-FZ dated May 29, 2023, Amending Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation, regarding the holding of elections in territories under martial law.

November 2, 2023