On Basic Guarantees of Electoral Rights and The Right of Citizens of the Russian Federation to Participate in a Referendum
September 30, 1997
The Federal Law
was published and came into force on September 30, 1997.
This translation was done by IFES Moscow. It is not official and is provided for reference only.
Democratic free and periodical elections of bodies of state power, bodies of local government, as well as referenda shall be the supreme direct expression of power that belongs to people. The state shall guarantee the free expression of citizens' will at elections and referenda, the protection of democratic principles and norms of electoral rights and the right to participate in a referendum.