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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bodyguard Bill Passed

MOSCOW () -- Russia's upper house of parliament on Wednesday approved a bill that would provide bodyguards for federal officials, in some cases even after their terms have expired.

Interfax reported that the Federation Council passed the bill On Safeguarding Federal Officials, which provides bodyguard services for the chairmen of the parliament's two houses, the Supreme Court, Constitutional Court and High Arbitration Court, as well as the prime minister and the prosecutor general during their terms of office.

The bill, which awaits signature by President Boris Yeltsin in order to become law, provides security for the president and his family during his tenure, as well as after the expiration of his term.