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Roberts, Jr. 7 immoral political issues the Russian Federation has been declared “Not Free” by the Freedom House; an international apolitical non-governmental association15. The social and political thermidor that struck Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union meant that very little meaningful change occurred. Regardless of the complete upheaval of the economic system16 the dogmatic identity of Russian politics remained mostly unaffected. The “idealist” or “Yeltsin” constitution (1993) of the Russian Federation or Russia created a government consisting of an executive branch, a bi-cameral legislative branch, and a judiciary branch. The executive authority lays with the President (the head of state) who appoints a “Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation”; also known as a Prime Minister (the head of government); who then nominates a Cabinet. This PM need not be a MP to be appointed, however similar to the British Parliamentary system the PM can vote on proposed bills. This executive branch is amalgamated and consolidated so that most if not all authority is in the hands of the President. The office of the President can dismiss government and call for elections as it so wishes. In fact the President has a constitutionally given right to do whatever they want The President of the Russian Federation shall possess immunity17… The President of the Russian Federation may be impeached by the Federation Council only on the basis of charges put forward against him of high treason or some other grave crime, confirmed by a ruling of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation on the presence of indicia of crime in the President's actions and by a ruling of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation confirming that the procedure of bringing charges has been observed.18

15 World Bank Data asserts Russia’s GDP grew at an average rate of 0.78% (1990-2012) 17 Section One, Chapter Four, Article 91, Russian Federation Constitution 18 Section One, Chapter Four, Article 93, Russian Federation Constitution 16

Political power parity  
Political power parity  

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