Putin schedules no special meeting with judges on Constitution Day first time in 15 years

Putin schedules no special meeting with judges on Constitution Day first time in 15 years
Vladimir Putin

It is in the year of the 25th anniversary of the Constitution that the Russian president has not scheduled a special meeting with the judges of the Constitutional Court for the first time since 2003.

There will be no special meeting with judges of the Constitutional Court on the Constitution Day for the first time in 15 years, RBC writes citing sources close to the Kremlin. Presidential spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told the agency that the meeting would “simply have a different format.”

The meeting with the judges of the Constitutional Court is an annual event; Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev, during their respective presidencies, met with them on each anniversary of the Constitution. The meetings would not necessarily take place on Constitution Day, December 12, and could be arranged a few days earlier or later. They were held regularly since 2003.

Instead, there will be a reception dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Constitution this year. All members of the Constitutional Court are invited to the event.

In early October, the head of the Constitutional Court, Valery Zorkin, stated in an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta that there were flaws in the Constitution that were “totally fixable by means of pinpoint changes.” Zorkin highlighted a division of competences and powers between the federal and regional level, an inclination towards the executive branch, and an unclear distribution of powers between the president and the government as such flaws. In addition, the shortcomings are associated with the undetermined status of the presidential administration and the powers of the prosecutor's office, he said. Zorkin also noted "a lack of proper balance in the system of checks and balances."

However, no statement that the Constitution or any of its provisions need to be changed should be expected from the president just yet, said one of the RBC interlocutors.

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