Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed legislation that will grant former presidents lifetime immunity from prosecution for crimes once they leave office.
The bill, which was published online on Tuesday, December 22, gives former presidents and their families immunity from prosecution for crimes committed during their lifetime.
They will also be exempted from questioning by police or investigators, as well as searches or arrests.
The legislation was part of constitutional amendments that were approved this summer in a nationwide vote that allowed Putin to remain president until 2036 as he would have had to step down in 2024.
Prior to the bill becoming law, former presidents were immune from prosecution only for crimes committed while in office.
It was also noted that a former president can still be stripped of immunity if accused of treason or other grave crimes, and the charges confirmed by the Supreme and Constitutional courts.
They will additionally grant former presidents a lifetime seat in the Federation Council or senate, a position that assures immunity from prosecution upon leaving the presidency.