Laws Signed by President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday
- The Moscow Times
- Jul. 22 2014 20:40
- Last edited 20:40
President Vladimir Putin signed a flurry of new legislation on Tuesday, including:
Permanent winter: Putin signed a law reintroducing permanent winter time. Clocks in Russia will turn back one hour on Oct. 26 and will stay there permanently.
Crimea: A series of laws were signed on the integration of Crimea and Sevastopol into Russia's legal system, with particular focuses on intellectual property, sports, pensions and the financial system.
Senators: Putin signed amendments to the Constitution, vesting the president with power to directly appoint senators to the Federation Council.
Television advertisements: Putin signed a law banning advertisements on paid-access television channels, a move that caused an uproar in the industry.
Personal data: All Russians' personal data will now be stored on Russian territory. Analysts say the new law will isolate Russians as foreign websites — including hotel and airline booking sites — will be required either to store users' data in Russia, or cease operations in the country.
SMS spam: Putin signed a law regulating the mass distribution of short messages among mobile phone users. The law's aim is to fight spam messages.
Olympics: Putin signed a law liquidating Olimpstroi, a state enterprise that orchestrated the construction of Olympic infrastructure projects for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Abortions: Administering illegal abortions is now subject to administrative fines.
Speedy justice: The president signed a law introducing compensation in instances where justice in Russia's court system drags on too long.
Transparency: Fresh legislation requires governmental agencies to release information about their activities to civil society organizations.
Etc.: Putin signed a series of other laws, amending legislation in the financial, social, urban planning, transportation and other sectors.