Putin signed the law on free privatization of the indefinite

The President of Russia Vladimir Putin signed the law on the indefinite extension of the program of free privatization of housing for the Russians. The corresponding document was published on the official portal of legal information.

The law entered into force from the date of publication, February 22.

Free housing privatization extended in Russia several times already. According to the previously adopted law free privatization was to be completed March 1, 2017.

In February the Duma in the first reading adopted the bill of the Deputy-the United Russia Alexander Sidyakin, who assumed that the free privatization will be extended only for certain categories of citizens — residents of Crimea, orphans and residents of housing classified as unfit until January 1, 2012.

In the second reading of the bill was amended on the extension of free privatization for all categories of citizens, but only until 2019. After a few days the first Deputy Chairman of the faction of United Russia Andrei Isayev announced the government’s decision to extend the privatization indefinitely. It was noted that the indefinite privatization was made by the Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Later, Medvedev’s press Secretary Natalya Timakova said that the initiative of the indefinite extension of the program belonged to the head of the Cabinet.

On 10 February, the state Duma unanimously passed a law. Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said that the signal to adopt a law on indefinite privatization “came from the President” of Russia.