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FEDERAL CONSTITUTIONAL LAW OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

of June 28, 2004 No. 5-FKZ

About referendum of the Russian Federation

(as amended on 18-06-2017)

Approved by the State Duma on June 11, 2004

Approved by the Federation Council on June 23, 2004

The referendum along with free elections is the highest direct expression of the power of the people. The state guarantees free declaration of will of citizens of the Russian Federation on referendum of the Russian Federation, protection of the democratic principles and rules of law determining the right of citizens to participation in referendum. The referendum of the Russian Federation cannot be used for the purpose of decision making, contradicting the Constitution of the Russian Federation, and also for the purpose of restriction, cancellation or derogation of the conventional rights and freedoms of man and citizen, the constitutional sales warranties of such rights and freedoms.

Chapter 1. General provisions

Article 1. Referendum of the Russian Federation

Referendum of the Russian Federation (further also - referendum) national vote of the citizens of the Russian Federation having the participation right in referendum concerning the state value.

Article 2. Principles of holding referendum

1. The referendum is held on the basis of general equal direct and free declaration of will of citizens of the Russian Federation in case of secret vote.

2. Citizens of the Russian Federation have the right to participate in referendum irrespective of floor, race, nationality, language, origin, property and official capacity, the residence, the relation to religion, beliefs, belonging to public associations, and also from other circumstances.

3. Citizens of the Russian Federation participate in referendum on an equal basis. Each participant of referendum has equal poll.

4. The citizen of the Russian Federation votes for submitted (taken out) for referendum question (questions) or against him (them) is direct.

5. Participation of the citizen of the Russian Federation (further takzhegrazhdanin) in referendum is free and voluntary. Nobody has the right to make impact on the citizen with the purpose to force it to participation or nonparticipation in referendum, in promotion of initiative of holding referendum, in preparation and holding referendum, and also to interfere with its free declaration of will.

6. Vote on referendum (further - vote) is the secret, excluding possibility of any control of declaration of will of the citizen of the Russian Federation, including observation of filling with the participant of referendum of voting bulletin on referendum in the place for secret vote.

Article 3. Legislation of the Russian Federation on referendum

1. The legislation of the Russian Federation on referendum is constituted by the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the conventional principles and rules of international law, the international agreements of the Russian Federation, this Federal constitutional Law, other Federal constitutional Laws, the Federal Law on basic guarantees of the voting rights and the participation right in referendum of citizens of the Russian Federation, other Federal Laws.

2. The procedure and terms of announcement of referendum are established by this Federal constitutional Law. The procedure and terms of preparation and holding referendum are established by this Federal constitutional Law, other Federal constitutional Laws, the Federal Laws, and also regulations of Russian Central Election Commission adopted within its powers established by this Federal constitutional Law and the legislation of the Russian Federation on elections and referenda.

3. Regulations of Russian Central Election Commission are adopted for the purpose of ensuring uniform application of this Federal constitutional Law, the Federal Laws by preparation and holding referendum.

Article 4. Main terms and concepts

1. The main terms and concepts used in this Federal constitutional Law are applied in the same value, as in the legislation of the Russian Federation on elections and referenda if other is not provided by this Federal constitutional Law.

2. For the purposes of this Federal constitutional Law the following terms and concepts are applied:

1) propaganda concerning referendum - the activities performed during campaign of referendum and aiming to induce or inducing participants of referendum to support the initiative of holding referendum by entering of signatures into subscription lists or otherwise or to refuse such support, to vote or refuse vote on referendum, to support or reject question (questions) of referendum;

2) the residential address - the address (the name of the subject of the Russian Federation, the area, city, other settlement, street, house number and apartments) to which the citizen of the Russian Federation is registered at the place of residence in bodies of registration accounting of citizens of the Russian Federation in the place of stay and at the place of residence within the Russian Federation and which contains in mark about registration of the citizen at the place of residence in the passport or the document replacing the passport of the citizen;

3) the bulletin - voting bulletin on referendum;

4) referendum question - question of the state value on which it is offered to hold or it is held referendum;

5) initiative propaganda group - the group of participants of referendum formed according to the procedure and for term who are established by this Federal constitutional Law, for the purpose of carrying out propaganda concerning referendum;

6) initiative group on holding referendum - the group of participants of referendum formed according to the procedure and for term who are established by this Federal constitutional Law, for the purpose of realization of initiative of holding referendum;

7) referendum campaign - the activities for preparation and holding referendum performed during the period from the date of registration of initiative group on holding referendum or from the date of official publication of the decision on purpose of national vote under the new draft constitution of the Russian Federation or from the date of official publication of the decision on announcement of referendum according to the draft of the regulation or question of referendum submitted for referendum according to the international treaty of the Russian Federation about day of representation by Russian Central Election Commission to chambers of Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation of the report on expenditure of the funds of the federal budget allocated for preparation and holding referendum or about day of the termination of procedures for realization of initiative of holding referendum on the bases provided by this Federal constitutional Law;

8) the commission of referendum - the commission which is performing preparation and holding referendum, providing the realization and protection of the right of citizens of the Russian Federation to participation in referendum and a part of the system of the commissions of referendum established by part 2 Articles 24 presents of the Federal constitutional Law;

9) the subscription list - the sheet which is intended for petition of participants of referendum in support of initiative of holding referendum;

10) political party - the political party having in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation about political parties the right to participate in referendum;

11) the participation right in referendum - constitutional right of citizens of the Russian Federation to vote on referendum, to participate in promotion of initiative of holding referendum, and also in other lawful acts on preparation and holding referendum;

12) participants of referendum are the citizens of the Russian Federation having in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation about referendum the participation right in referendum.

Article 5. The participation right in referendum

1. The citizen of the Russian Federation who reached age of 18 years has the right to vote on referendum, to participate in promotion of initiative of holding referendum, and also in other lawful acts on preparation and holding referendum according to the procedure, provided by this Federal constitutional Law.

2. Has no right to participate in referendum the citizen of the Russian Federation recognized by court incapacitated or containing in places of detention according to the court verdict.

3. The citizen of the Russian Federation living or being outside its territory has in full the participation right in referendum. Diplomatic representations and consular establishments of the Russian Federation shall render assistance to the citizen of the Russian Federation in realization of its participation right in referendum.

Article 6. Questions of referendum and procedure for their removal at referendum

1. The constitutional Meeting has the right to bring up the new draft constitution of the Russian Federation for national vote. The procedure for adoption of such decision by the Constitutional Meeting, and also procedure for removal at national vote of the new draft constitution of the Russian Federation is determined by the Federal constitutional Law adopted according to article 135 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation.

2. The draft of the regulation or question, obligatory removal at which referendum is provided by the international treaty of the Russian Federation, is submitted for referendum. Removal at referendum of the specified draft of the regulation or question, appointment, preparation and holding referendum are performed according to this Federal constitutional Law taking into account the features provided by the corresponding international treaty of the Russian Federation.

3. The questions of the state value which are not specified in parts 1 and 2 of this Article are submitted for referendum exclusively according to the procedure, provided by this Federal constitutional Law.

4. The questions carried by the Constitution of the Russian Federation to maintaining the Russian Federation, and also to joint maintaining the Russian Federation and subjects of the Russian Federation can be submitted for referendum.

5. Questions cannot be submitted for referendum:

1) about change of the status of the subject (subjects) of the Russian Federation fixed by the Constitution of the Russian Federation;

2) about early termination or prolongation of term of office of the President of the Russian Federation, the State Duma of Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, and also about holding early elections of the President of the Russian Federation, deputies of the State Duma of Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation or about transferring of terms of carrying out such elections;

3) about election, about position assignment, early termination, suspension or prolongation of powers of persons replacing the state positions of the Russian Federation;

4) about staff of federal bodies of the government, other federal state bodies;

5) about election, about early termination, suspension or prolongation of term of office of the bodies formed according to the international treaty of the Russian Federation or the officials elected or appointed to position according to the international treaty of the Russian Federation and also about creation of such bodies or position assignment of such persons if other is not provided by the international treaty of the Russian Federation;

6) ceased to be valid

7) ceased to be valid

8) about acceptance of emergency and urgent measures on ensuring health and safety of the population;

9) ceased to be valid

10) carried by the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the Federal constitutional Laws to exclusive competence of federal bodies of the government.

6. voided

7. The question submitted for referendum shall be formulated so that the possibility of its multiple interpretation that on it it was possible to give only definite answer was excluded and that uncertainty of consequence in law of the decision made on referendum was excluded.

8. Different initiative groups on holding referendum can offer for removal at referendum different, including alternative, questions.

9. Acceptance of the government by federal body, other state body of the decision to the point which according to this Federal constitutional Law can be submitted for referendum, is not the circumstance interfering holding referendum on the matter, except for the case provided by part 27 of article 15 of this Federal constitutional Law.

10. Acceptance of the government by federal body, other state body of the decision to the point which according to the international treaty of the Russian Federation is subject to obligatory removal at referendum is not allowed.

11. Holding referendum in cases, procedure and terms which are provided by the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the international treaty of the Russian Federation, this Federal constitutional Law is obligatory.

Article 7. The circumstances excluding appointment and holding referendum

1. The initiative of holding referendum cannot be announced and the referendum cannot be appointed and be held in the conditions of the military or state of emergency imposed in the territory of the Russian Federation under the circumstances and according to the procedure provided by the Federal constitutional Law and also within three months from the date of cancellation of warlike or emergency state.

2. The referendum is not appointed, and holding the appointed referendum is postponed in case of introduction in certain areas of the Russian Federation of warlike or emergency state under circumstances and according to the procedure, provided by the Federal constitutional Law. The referendum which initiative of carrying out was announced in the procedure established by this Federal constitutional Law is appointed, and the referendum which holding was postponed is held after three months from the date of cancellation of warlike or emergency state, except as specified, provided by part 3 of this Article.

3. The referendum is not held in the last year of powers of the President of the Russian Federation, the State Duma of Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, and also during the election campaign waged at the same time in all territory of the Russian Federation based on the decision of authorized federal body. This provision is not effective in the cases provided by parts 1 and 2 of article 6 of this Federal constitutional Law.

4. During the period between official publication of the decision on announcement of referendum and official publication (promulgation) of its results the initiative of holding referendum according to the procedure, stipulated in Article the 15th this Federal constitutional Law cannot be announced.

5. Holding repeated referendum, that is referendum on the question (questions) having (having) in sense or content the same formulation, as question (questions) on which vote (which) it is carried out on the taken place referendum is not allowed within two years from the date of official publication (promulgation) of its results.

6. The list of the circumstances excluding appointment and holding referendum specified in this Article is exhaustive and cannot be changed differently as by introduction of amendments to this Federal constitutional Law.

Article 8. Language of holding referendum

1. By preparation and holding referendum Russian as state language of the Russian Federation is used, and in the cases and procedure provided by this Federal constitutional Law also state languages of republics within the Russian Federation, and also languages of the people of the Russian Federation in the territories of their compact accommodation are used.

2. The formulation of question (questions) of referendum, the text of the draft of the regulation submitted for referendum, the bulletin decisions made on referendum the documents of public authorities, other state bodies, local government bodies concerning holding referendum are constituted published) in Russian and in state languages of republics within the Russian Federation, and in case of need - and in languages of the people of the Russian Federation in the territories of their compact accommodation.

Article 9. Financing of referendum

1. Financing of the actions connected with preparation and holding referendum is performed at the expense of means of the federal budget according to the procedure, provided by this Federal constitutional Law.

The initiative group on holding referendum shall create own fund of referendum for the organization of petition of citizens of the Russian Federation in support of promotion of initiative of holding referendum, for financing of other sales activity of initiative of holding referendum, including propaganda concerning referendum.

In case of education of the initiative propaganda group provided by this Federal constitutional Law it creates own fund of referendum for financing of propaganda on referendum.

4. The fund of referendum of initiative group for holding referendum, fund of referendum of initiative propaganda group (further - funds of referendum) are created in the sizes and procedure provided by this Federal constitutional Law, respectively at the expense of money of members of initiative group on holding referendum, members of initiative propaganda group and also at the expense of donations of citizens of the Russian Federation and the Russian legal entities.

Article 10. Preparation and holding referendum by the commissions of referendum

1. Preparation and holding referendum, providing and protection of the participation right in referendum, and also control of its observance is imposed on the commission of referendum within their competence established by this Federal constitutional Law, the Federal Laws.

2. Regulations and other decisions of Russian Central Election Commission, and also decisions of other commissions of referendum made by them within the competence established by this Federal constitutional Law, the Federal Laws are obligatory for federal executive bodies, executive bodies of subjects of the Russian Federation, other state bodies and the organizations, local government bodies, officials, initiative groups on holding referendum, initiative propaganda groups, their authorized representatives, political parties and other public associations, citizens of the Russian Federation.

Article 11. Publicity by preparation and holding referendum

1. Preparation and holding referendum are performed openly and publicly. The state provides informing citizens of the Russian Federation on procedure and terms of preparation and holding referendum, the referendum campaign course, on results of vote and on results of referendum.

2. The regulatory legal acts of public authorities and local government bodies, regulations and other decisions of Russian Central Election Commission concerning preparation and holding referendum, providing the participation right in referendum are officially published or brought to the general attention in other way according to the procedure of and terms which are provided by this Federal constitutional Law.

3. The state guarantees to citizens of the Russian Federation, political parties and other public associations, initiative groups on holding referendum, initiative propaganda groups freedom of carrying out propaganda concerning referendum according to this Federal constitutional Law, other Federal constitutional Laws and the Federal Laws.

Article 12. Use of the State automated system of the Russian Federation "Elections"

1. By preparation and holding referendum the State automated system of the Russian Federation "Elections" is used (further - state automated system "Elections").

2. The procedure for use of state automated system "Elections" by preparation and holding referendum is determined by Russian Central Election Commission in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation, governing the relations arising when using state automated system "Elections".

Article 13. Participation in referendum of foreign citizens, persons without citizenship, foreign legal entities, international organizations and international social movements

1. Participation of foreign citizens, stateless persons, foreign legal entities, the international organizations and international social movements in implementation of the activities promoting or interfering preparation and holding referendum is not allowed.

2. The procedure for participation of foreign (international) observers in implementation of observation of preparation and holding referendum is established by international treaties of the Russian Federation, this Federal constitutional Law, other Federal constitutional Laws, the Federal Laws.

Chapter 2. Initiative of holding referendum. Announcement of referendum

Article 14. Initiative of holding referendum

1. The initiative of holding referendum belongs:

1) to at least than two million citizens of the Russian Federation having the participation right in referendum - provided that in the territory of one subject of the Russian Federation or in total outside the territory of the Russian Federation there is residence no more than 50 thousand from them;

2) to the Constitutional Meeting - in the case provided by part 3 of article 135 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation;

3) to federal bodies of the government - in the cases provided by the international treaty of the Russian Federation and this Federal constitutional Law.

2. The initiative of holding referendum belonging to citizens of the Russian Federation according to Item of 1 part of 1 this Article cannot be pushed during the election campaign waged at the same time in all territory of the Russian Federation based on the decision of authorized federal body and also if holding referendum falls on the last year of powers of the President of the Russian Federation, the State Duma of Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.

Article 15. Procedure for realization of the initiative of holding referendum belonging to citizens of the Russian Federation

1. Participants of referendum form initiative group on holding referendum.

2. The initiative group on holding referendum shall consist of the regional subgroups created more than in half of subjects of the Russian Federation. Each regional subgroup of initiative group on holding referendum (further - regional subgroup) shall include at least 100 participants of referendum whose residence is in the territory of that subject of the Russian Federation where the regional subgroup is formed.

3. The citizen (citizens) of the Russian Federation who made (made) the proposal on formation of initiative group on holding referendum, not later than five days about day of holding meeting of participants of referendum for the solution of question of formation of regional subgroup (further - meeting of regional subgroup) notifies (notify) in writing the electoral commission of appropriate subject of the Russian Federation on the place and time of holding meeting, and also on question (questions) of referendum.

4. The meeting of regional subgroup is held in the territory of that subject of the Russian Federation where there is residence of the participants of referendum participating in meeting.

5. The meeting of regional subgroup is competent if at least 100 participants of referendum whose residence is in the territory of that subject of the Russian Federation where the meeting is held participate in it. Signatures of the specified participants of referendum in the protocol of their registration at meeting of regional subgroup are witnessed notarially.

6. The representative of the electoral commission of that subject of the Russian Federation in the territory of whom this meeting, and also the representative of Russian Central Election Commission is held has the right to be present at meeting of regional subgroup.

7. In case of support of the offer on formation of initiative group on holding referendum and question (questions) of referendum the meeting of regional subgroup makes the decision on creation of regional subgroup, and also the decision:

1) about approval of the formulation of question (questions) of referendum;

2) about formation of initiative group on holding referendum;

3) about appointment from among members of regional subgroup of authorized representatives of regional subgroup.

8. Decisions of meeting of regional subgroup are reflected in its protocol.

9. The decision of meeting of regional subgroup is deemed accepted if more than a half of participants of the meeting voted for it.

10. Authorized representatives of regional subgroup address to the electoral commission of appropriate subject of the Russian Federation with the petition for registration of regional subgroup in which the formulation of question (questions) of referendum which is approved at meeting of regional subgroup is specified.

11. Shall be attached to the petition for registration of regional subgroup:

1) the protocol of meeting of regional subgroup, and also the protocol of registration of participants of referendum at meeting of regional subgroup;

2) the powers of attorney which are drawn up on authorized representatives of regional subgroup;

3) the list of members of regional subgroup and authorized representatives of regional subgroup in printing and machine-readable type in the form established by Russian Central Election Commission. In the list surname, the name and middle name, birth date, series, number and date of issue of the passport or document replacing the passport of the citizen, the residential address of each of specified persons, and for authorized representatives of regional subgroup - also phone number of each of them are entered;

4) written applications of members of regional subgroup about consent to be members of initiative group on holding referendum.

12. The subgroup of the participants of referendum living outside the territory of the Russian Federation can be part of initiative group on holding referendum. Such subgroup is created according to the procedure, established for creation of regional subgroup. The Russian Central Election Commission which performs registration of subgroup of the participants of referendum living outside the territory of the Russian Federation is notified on creation of such subgroup.

13. The electoral commission of the subject of the Russian Federation, having received the petition for registration of regional subgroup, without delay notifies Russian Central Election Commission on the question (questions) of referendum specified (specified) in the petition. The Russian Central Election Commission within 10 days from the date of the first such notification checks compliance of question (questions) of referendum to requirements, stipulated in Article the 6th this Federal constitutional Law, and makes the relevant decision.

14. The electoral commission of the subject of the Russian Federation within 15 days from the date of receipt of the petition for registration of regional subgroup checks compliance of the petition and the documents attached to it to the requirements provided by this Federal constitutional Law and accepts one of the following decisions:

1) about registration of regional subgroup. In this decision the formulation of question (questions) of referendum, surname, names and middle names of all members of regional subgroup (if necessary - other information about members of regional subgroup listed in Item 3 of part 11 of this Article), and also surnames, names and middle names of authorized representatives of regional subgroup are specified;

2) about refusal in registration of regional subgroup.

15. The basis for refusal in registration of regional subgroup is failure to meet requirements, stipulated in Article 7th this Federal constitutional Law, parts 2 - 5 and 8 - 12 of this Article, or discrepancy of question (questions) of referendum to requirements, stipulated in Article the 6th this Federal constitutional Law, established by Russian Central Election Commission. The decision on refusal in registration of regional subgroup is made also in the case provided by part 18 of this Article.

16. If the Russian Central Election Commission established discrepancy of question (questions) of referendum to requirements, stipulated in Article the 6th this Federal constitutional Law, it motivates it in the conclusion which affirms the decision of Russian Central Election Commission and without delay is brought to the attention of all electoral commissions of subjects of the Russian Federation. After receipt of this conclusion the electoral commissions of subjects of the Russian Federation have no right to register the regional subgroups which addressed with the petition for registration for the purpose of realization of initiative of holding referendum on the matter (matters).

17. The decision of the electoral commission of the subject of the Russian Federation on refusal in registration of regional subgroup in connection with failure to meet requirements, stipulated in Article 7th this Federal constitutional Law, parts 25-, 8-12 and 18 of this Article, can be appealed in the Supreme Court of the republic, regional, regional court, court of the federal city, court of the autonomous region, autonomous area. The decision of Russian Central Election Commission which approves its conclusion about discrepancy of question (questions) of referendum to requirements stipulated in Article the 6th this Federal constitutional Law, can be appealed in the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation. If follows from the conclusion of Russian Central Election Commission approved by its decision that this decision is made in connection with discrepancy of question (questions) of referendum of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation sends inquiry to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation. In case of acceptance by the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation decisions on recognition of question (questions) of referendum not corresponding (not corresponding) to the Constitution of the Russian Federation of procedure for realization of initiative of holding referendum stop.

18. After registration of the subject of the Russian Federation of regional subgroup by the electoral commission other regional subgroup which approved the same formulation of question (questions) of referendum in sense or content at the meeting cannot be registered by the same commission before the end of procedures for realization of initiative of holding referendum on the matter (matters).

19. In case of registration of regional subgroups more than in half of subjects of the Russian Federation authorized representatives of regional subgroups more than half of subjects of the Russian Federation have the right to make at the meeting the decision on the appeal to Russian Central Election Commission with the petition for registration of initiative group on holding referendum and question (questions) of referendum (further - the petition of initiative group) and to address with the specified petition to Russian Central Election Commission not later than in two months from the date of registration of the first regional subgroup. At this meeting decisions on appointment from among participants of the meeting of authorized representatives of initiative group on holding referendum and her authorized representatives on financial questions are also made.

20. In the petition of initiative group are specified:

1) formulation of question (questions) of referendum;

2) names of subjects of the Russian Federation in which regional subgroups are registered and in which territories petition of participants of referendum is supposed, and in the case provided by part 12 of this Article - names of the corresponding foreign states.

21. Are applied to the petition of initiative group:

1) decisions (original or verified copy) of the electoral commissions of subjects of the Russian Federation on registration of regional subgroups;

2) the protocol of meeting of authorized representatives of regional subgroups and decisions specified in part 19 of this Article;

3) the protocol (the original or the notarized copy) of registration of authorized representatives of regional subgroups when holding meeting of authorized representatives of regional subgroups;

4) the list of authorized representatives of initiative group on holding referendum and her authorized representatives on financial questions in printing and machine-readable type in the form established by Russian Central Election Commission. In the list surname, the name and middle name, birth date, series, number and date of issue of the passport or document replacing the passport of the citizen, the residential address, principle place of employment or services, post (in case of lack of principle place of employment or service - occupation), phone number of each of specified persons are entered;

5) the powers of attorney which are drawn up on authorized representatives of initiative group on holding referendum and on her authorized representatives on financial questions.

22. If the Russian Central Election Commission establishes compliance of the petition of initiative group and the documents attached to it to requirements of this Federal constitutional Law, it within 10 days from the date of receipt of the petition makes the decision on registration of initiative group on holding referendum, registers her authorized representatives, including authorized representatives on financial questions, with indication of their surnames, names and middle names and grants permission for opening of the special account of fund of referendum, and also grants to initiative group on holding referendum the registration certificate and informs on it the electoral commissions of subjects of the Russian Federation which registered regional subgroups, and in the case provided by part 12 of this Article - also the federal executive body knowing questions of foreign affairs. The form of the registration certificate is established by Russian Central Election Commission.

23. In the registration certificate granted to initiative group on holding referendum end date of term of collecting signatures in support of initiative of holding referendum is specified.

24. If the Russian Central Election Commission made the decision on refusal in registration of initiative group on holding referendum, the motivated resolution then procedures for realization of initiative of holding referendum stop is issued to it. The basis for refusal in registration of initiative group on holding referendum is failure to meet requirements, provided by parts 19 and 20 of this Article, and also failure to carry out of the requirements to registration of regional subgroups provided by this Federal constitutional Law.

25. The decision on refusal in registration of initiative group on holding referendum can be appealed in the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation.

26. If within two months from the date of registration of the first regional subgroup in Russian Central Election Commission the petition of initiative group does not arrive, the Russian Central Election Commission makes the decision on the termination of procedures for realization of initiative of holding referendum.

27. The initiative group on holding referendum before official publication of the decision on announcement of referendum has the right to withdraw the initiative by submission to Russian Central Election Commission of protocols of meetings more than half of the regional subgroups which are its part about withdrawal of initiative of holding referendum. The decision on withdrawal of the specified initiative is deemed accepted if at meeting of regional subgroup more than a half of members of regional subgroup voted for it. By results of consideration of the submitted documents the Russian Central Election Commission makes the decision on the termination of procedures for realization of initiative of holding referendum.

Article 16. Subscription list

1. In the subscription list are specified:

1) the name of the subject of the Russian Federation in the territory of which petition of participants of referendum is carried out (if petition is carried out among the participants of referendum living outside the territory of the Russian Federation in the subscription list the name of foreign state is specified);

2) number of the registration certificate and end date of term of collecting signatures in support of initiative of holding referendum;

3) formulation of question (questions) of referendum.

2. Subscription lists are made by initiative group on holding referendum on form according to appendix 1 to this Federal constitutional Law. Number of the registration certificate is introduced in the subscription list in case of its production.

Article 17. Collecting signatures in support of initiative of holding referendum

1. The initiative group on holding referendum shall collect at least two million signatures of participants of referendum in support of initiative of holding referendum. At the same time no more than 50 thousand signatures of participants of referendum which residence is in the territory of this subject of the Russian Federation shall fall on one subject of the Russian Federation. If petition is performed among the participants of referendum living outside the territory of the Russian Federation, the total quantity of these signatures cannot constitute more than 50 thousand.

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