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THE PERKS OF PRESIDENTIAL IMMUNITY




PRESIDENT'S DECREE OF DEC. 31, 1999 No. 1763: ON GUARANTEES TO A PRESIDENT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION HAVING RELINQUISHED HIS DUTIES, AND TO HIS FAMILY MEMBERS


In order to ensure legal, social and other guarantees to a president of the Russian Federation who has relinquished his duties and to members of his family, until a corresponding federal law comes in force, I hereby decree the following:


1. It is resolved that the following legal, social and other guarantees are to be provided to a president of the Russian Federation who relinquishes his duties either because of the expiration of his term in office or ahead of time in case of his resignation or a continuous inability to perform his duties (heretofore designated as a president of the Russian Federation having relinquished his duties), and to his family members:


a) A president of the Russian Federation having relinquished his duties [Editor's note: from here on to be abbreviated as PRF HRHD] is entitled to a lifetime monthly pension in the amount of 75 percent of the monthly compensation of a president of the Russian Federation, independent of his age. In the case that a PRF HRHD is elected or appointed to a Russian Federation government office ... the disbursement of the aforementioned pension is suspended for the period of his functioning in this office;


b) A PRF HRHD is provided with lifetime government security protection ... as stipulated by the Federal Law "On State Security Protection", including the provision of special communication and transportation services. Government security protection is also provided to family members residing with a PRF HRHD ...


c) A PRF HRHD and family members residing with him are entitled to those medical services that were provided to them on the day on which the president relinquished his duties;


d) The life and health of a PRF HRHD are subject to mandatory government insurance at federal budget expense, in an amount equal to the yearly compensation of a president of the Russian Federation;


e) A PRF HRHD is endowed with immunity. A PRF HRHD cannot be arraigned in a criminal court or held liable for an administrative violation, cannot be detained, arrested or subjected to search, interrogation or personal inspection. The immunity of a PRF HRHD also pertains to housing and office premises that he occupies, means of transportation that he uses, means of communication, documents and luggage that belong to him, as well as his correspondence;


f) A PRF HRHD is to be provided with one of the government mansions for his lifetime use;


g) A PRF HRHD is entitled to free use of halls designated for official persons and delegations in airports and air terminals, train terminals and stations, maritime stations and river stations;


h) A PRF HRHD is entitled to free use of government communication services and other types of communication services available for government institutions, bodies of local self-government and organizations on the territory of the Russian Federation, and he is entitled to priority access to communication services. All types of postal and telegraphic transfers issued by a PRF HRHD are to be transferred, registered and delivered as government mail;


i) A PRF HRHD is entitled to maintain a staff of assistants at the expense of the federal budget. Assistants to PRF HRHD are answerable only to him for the performance of their duties. The total monthly compensation fund for assistants to PRF HRHD is established as follows: for the first 30 months after the president has ceased to perform his duties, in the amount equal or less than twice the amount of monthly compensation of the president of the Russian Federation; for the subsequent period, equal or less than 1.5 times the amount of monthly compensation to the president of the Russian Federation. Within the limits of the aforementioned compensation fund, a PRF HRHD is free to set by himself the salary rates of his assistants, as well as the order and the size of bonus payments. For the deployment of his assistants' staff, a PRF HRHD is provided with separate office space, furnished and equipped with office equipment (including personal computers, connected both to the general network and to all available legal databases and government information systems, copying and duplicating equipment, and fax equipment) and means of communication, including government communication services;


j) Upon the death of a person who has served as president, every member of his family is assigned a monthly pension in the amount of six times the minimal retirement pension established by federal law at the day of his death. The categories of family members entitled to this pension and the schedule of its disbursement are to be defined pursuant to Articles 50 and 51 of the Russian Federation Law "On Government Pensions in the Russian Federation";


k) Persons indicated in the subsection "j" of this section are entitled to the use of a government vehicle and to medical services that they had been provided with for five years after the death of the person who had served as president of Russian Federation.


2. It is established that along with the guarantees stipulated in this decree, a PRF HRHD and his family members may be provided with other guarantees on the basis of federal laws.


3. It is established that the financing of expenses provisioned in this decree is to come from the funds of the federal budget. The expenses of government institutions, bodies of local self-government and organizations in connection with the provision of social guarantees to a PRF HRHD are to be compensated at the expense of the federal budget pursuant to the rules established by the government of the Russian Federation.


4. The government of the Russian Federation must ensure the financing of expenses pertaining to the implementation of this decree are within the limit of funds allocated in the federal budget for the financing of the administration of the president of Russian Federation.


5. This decree comes into force on the day of its official publication.


Acting President of the Russian Federation V. Putin