The state Duma has rejected the project of employment of former members


The constitutional Committee of the state Duma supported on Monday a new bill of United Russia Dmitry Vyatkin, changing the order of formation of Council of Federation.

The Deputy offered to cancel the residency requirement for candidates for senators, which last together for five years provided the appropriate region in the Federation Council.

According to the law on the procedure of forming the upper house of Parliament, candidate for Senator could be the person who “has an impeccable reputation and permanently residing in the region he wants to represent, within five years prior to nomination or 20 years in aggregate. In 2014, a law was passed by which the residency requirement has ceased to apply to existing senators and deputies.

Originally Vyatkin has proposed another bill, which proposed to extend the same exception to ex-deputies and ex-senators from the region. The amendments would allow in the future to circumvent the provision on the residency requirement to those deputies who will not get to the Duma after the elections in September 2016.

In the Federation Council, spoke against the proposal. The Chairman of the constitutional Committee of the Federation Council Andrei Klishas said he believes the expansion of categories of persons who may be candidates, “unfounded.”

After consultations with the upper house of Parliament Vyatkin withdrew his initial draft and made a new one which does not make an exception for former members. The author said that the residency requirement in the region will only apply to those current MPs who represent in Parliament the region in which they were elected.

United Russia also proposed not to extend the residency requirement for those who occupy or replace posts of Federal state civil service in the respective region together for five years before nomination. This refers to the territorial divisions of Federal departments, e.g., FAS, or the staff of the Embassy, said Vyatkin. Now the same exception is made for law enforcement officers, diplomats, regional and municipal officials.