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The Russian Constitutional Courts Long Struggle for Viable Federalism

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The keynote on the tenth anniversary of the Constitution was the document's great contribution to political stability since the collapse of the first Russian Republic in the fall of 1993. President Putin sounded the stability theme which was taken up by other commentators as well. Constitutional court Chief Justice Valerii Zor'kin added that the Constitution's emphasis on a strong presidency had "saved Russia from political disintegration". Because of its active role on the federalism jurisprudential front, the Constitutional Court has been described as an "instrument actively defending [?] the federal state structure", and, derivatively, "the single economic space established by our Constitution". The big change in Russian federalism will be President Putin's latest initiative to eliminate direct elections of governors and presidents in favor of a modified prefect system of subnational administrators.

Keywords: constitutional court; federalism jurisprudence; Putin; Russia; Valerii Zor'kin



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