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Constitution of Russian Federation (excerpts)


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Article 15
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3. Laws shall be officially published. Unpublished laws shall not be used. Normative legal
acts concerning human rights, freedoms and duties of man and citizen may not be used, if they
are not officially published for general knowledge.

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Article 23
1. Everyone shall have the right to the inviolability of private life, personal and family
secrets, the protection of one's honour and good name.
2. Everyone shall have the right to privacy of correspondence, of telephone conversations,
postal, telegraph and other messages. Limitations of this right shall be allowed only by court
decision.


Article 24
1. The collection, keeping, use and dissemination of information about the private life of a
person shall not be allowed without his or her consent.
2. The bodies of state authority and local self-government, their officials shall ensure for
everyone the possibility of acquainting themselves with the documents and materials directly
affecting his or her rights and freedoms, unless otherwise provided for by law.

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Article 29
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4. Everyone shall have the right to freely look for, receive, transmit, produce and distribute
information by any legal means. The list of data comprising state secrets shall be determined by a
federal law.

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Article 41
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3. The concealment by officials of facts and circumstances posing a threat to the life and
health of people shall entail responsibility according to federal law.

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Article 71
The jurisdiction of the Russian Federation includes:
a) adoption and amending of the Constitution of the Russian Federation and federal laws,
control over their observance;
b) federal structure and the territory of the Russian Federation;
c) regulation and protection of the rights and freedoms of man and citizen; citizenship in the
Russian Federation, regulation and protection of the rights of national minorities;
On the interpretation of Item (d) of Article 71 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation see
Decision of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation No. 2-P of January 27, 1999
d) establishment of the system of federal legislative, executive and judicial bodies, the rules
for their organisation and activities, formation of federal bodies of state authority;
e) federal state property and its management;
f) establishment of the principles of federal policy and federal programmes in the sphere of
state, economic, ecological, social, cultural and national development of the Russian Federation;
See the Fundamentals of the Legislation of the Russian Federation on Culture approved by Law
of the Russian Federation No. 3612-1 of October 9, 1992
g) establishment of the legal basis for a single market; financial, currency, credit, and
customs regulation, money issue, the principles of pricing policy; federal economic services,
including federal banks;
h) federal budget, federal taxes and dues, federal regional development funds;
i) federal power systems, nuclear power-engineering, fissionable materials, federal
transport, railways, information and communication, outer space activities;
j) foreign policy and international relations of the Russian Federation, international treaties
and agreements of the Russian Federation, issues of war and peace;
k) foreign economic relations of the Russian Federation;
l) defence and security; military production; determination of rules of selling and purchasing
weapons, ammunition, military equipment and other military property; production of poisonous
substances, narcotic substances and rules for their use;
m) determination of the status and protection of the state border, territorial sea, air space,
exclusive economic zone and continental shelf of the Russian Federation;
n) judicial system, procurator's office, criminal, criminal procedural and penal legislation,
amnesty and pardoning, civil, civil procedural and arbitration procedural legislation, legal
regulation of intellectual property;
o) federal law of conflict of laws;
p) meteorological service, standards, metric system, horometry, geodesy and cartography,
names of geographical units, official statistics and accounting;
q) state awards and honourary titles of the Russian Federation;
r) federal state service.