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Parliament of Russia

Federal Assembly
Федеральное Собрание
Federalnoye Sobraniye
Type Bicameral
Houses Federation Council of Russia
State Duma
Chairman of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko, United Russia
Since 21 September 2011
Chairman of the State Duma Sergey Naryshkin, United Russia
Since 20 December 2011
Seats 616
Federation Council Political groups Non-Partisan
State Duma Political groups
  •      United Russia (238)
  •      Communist Party of the Russian Federation (92)
  •      A Just Russia (64)
  •      Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (56)
Federation Council Voting system Chosen by territorial politicians
State Duma Voting system Party-list proportional representation
Federation Council Last election 12 December 1993
State Duma Last election 4 December 2011
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The Federal Assembly (Russian: Федеральное Собрание, transliteration: Federalnoye Sobraniye or Federalnoje Sobranije) is the legislature of the Russian Federation, according to the Constitution of Russian Federation, 1993. It was preceded by the Congress of People's Deputies of Russian Federation and its Supreme Soviet.

It consists of the State Duma, which is the lower house, and the Federation Council, which is the upper house. Both houses are located in Moscow.

The first post-Soviet Duma in 1993 is the Fifth Duma, following the first four of 1906–17.



The first step of the passing of a bill is the "right of legislative initiative".[1] This right is held by the President of the Russian Federation, the Federation Council, and the individual members of the Federation Council, a group of no less than one-fifth of the State Duma deputies, the Government and the legislative bodies of the subjects of the Russian Federation. Nonetheless, the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court, and the Supreme Court of Arbitration of the Russian Federation may initiate passing bills within their respective jurisdictions.

The second step requires that a draft law will be introduced in the State Duma. The exceptions are bills that introduce taxes, abolish taxes, except tax paying, concerning state loans, change financial obligations of the state, provide for expenditure covered from the federal budget. The exceptions require the draft law to be accompanied with a resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation when introduced in the state Duma.

The third step concerns the passing of draft law by the Federal Assembly. The State Duma may only pass federal laws.[2] They are passed, unless the Constitution requires otherwise, by the a majority of votes of all deputies of the State Duma.[3] A State Duma passed bill must be handed to the Federal Council within five days for review.[4] The bill passes if either more than half of the deputies of the Federation Council vote for the bill, or the Federation Council does not consider the bill within fourteen days.[5] Upon rejection of a bill by the Federation Council, the chambers may set up a conciliatory commission to settle the differences.[5] If amended, a bill must be passed to the State Duma for consideration.[5] However, the State Duma can override the decision of the Federation Council if, in the second voting, at least two-thirds of the total number of deputies to the State Duma vote for it.[6]

The fourth step concerns presidential approval and publication. The Federation Council must send a passed bill within five days to the President of the Russian Federation for signing and publication.[7] The President signs and publish the bill within fourteen days.[8] Thus, a bill becomes federal law. The President may reject a bill within the fourteen days. The bill will then be passed through the State Duma and the Federation Council. However, if the bill is passed, during its second hearing, by a majority of no less than two-thirds of the total numbers of deputies of the Federation Council and the State Duma,[9] the bill must be signed and published by the President of the Russia within seven days. Hence, the Federal Assembly may override a presidential veto.

Foreign policy

The Constitution of Russia which was adopted in 1993 limits the parliament's foreign policy powers. The State Duma retained broad responsibility for adopting laws on foreign policy, but the constitution stipulated no specific foreign policy duties for the legislative branch. The constitution gave the Federation Council, the upper house of parliament, the responsibility for deciding on the use of troops abroad and reviewing State Duma ratification and denunciation of international treaties and Duma decisions on war and peace.

The State Duma and the Federation Council usually meet separately. Joint sessions are organized when the President of Russia delivers his annual address to the Federal Assembly and in some other very rare occasions.

See also


External links

  • Russian Federation Today — Official issue of the Federal Assembly (Russian)
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