Конституционные поправки в России 2020 как политический проект переустройства государства
The adoption of the current amendments to the Russian Constitution provoked an intensive debate over their legal sustainability, social importance and political impact. Schematically, two contested visions became prevalent in public and professional debate. The first one treated the whole bulk of amendments as a straight development and only partial correction of constitutional norms in order to reflect new social reality, institutional changes and practices without any deep transformation of the basic constitutional principles. The second one interpreted this initiative as a
clear rupture of constitutional order, break with the established legal values, principles and norms in order to realize only one anti-constitutional target – the prolongation of the political regime and the president’s prerogatives after the expiration of his last constitutional mandate in power. The author rejects both explanations of the constitutional revision under consideration as very schematic, simplistic and partisan regarding real impact of amendments on legal and political order and amending procedural transformation. According to his conclusion the current Russian conservative constitutional reform should be categorized as a quite logic systemic legal reorganization and an original power technology in one time – the socalled “revision-abrogation amendment”, namely the skillful combination of the real political break with camouflaged legal continuity.