Cover Osteuropa 6/2020

In Osteuropa 6/2020

Non-compliance with the constitution
An interim assessment of the “Putin” era

Otto Luchterhandt

Deutsche Fassung


In June 1990 Russia declared its sovereignty and initiated legal reforms that were generally successful. One particularly important step was the passing of the constitution in December 1993, the first in the history of Russia that was not just a constitution in name, but also in nature. In the interim, this constitution has lost its regulatory power. It has been systematically undermined by the Putin regime through an increasingly blatant failure to comply with the basic constitutional principles. The low point has now been reached. The constitutional changes made suddenly in March 2020 by the presidential administration have robbed the constitutional order of its power and have derailed the fundamental principles of a constitutional state, democracy and federalism.

(Osteuropa 6/2020, pp. 29–52)