State Duma lawmakers approve foreign bank account ban for Russia’s Ombudsman
MOSCOW, October 28 (RAPSI) – A bill prohibiting Russia’s Human Righs Commissioner to have accounts with foreign banks passed its final reading in the lower house of parliament on Wednesday.
The initiative was earlier submitted to the State Duma by President Vladimir Putin as part of realiation of amendments to the Constitution.
Under the draft law, the country’s Ombudsman must permanently reside in Russia and would be banned from keeping accounts at foreign banks after appointment to the post.
The Federal Constitutional Law on Russia’s Ombudsman was adopted by the State Duma on December 25, 1996. It determines an order of appointment and relieve from the post, the commissioner’s powers, forms and conditions of his or her activity.