Comment of the month
The Council for Democratic Elections (at its 40-th meeting – 15 March 2012) and by the European Commission for Democracy through Law (usually well-known as the Venice Commission) at its 90-th Plenary Session (Venice, 16-17 March 2012) recommends Russian Federation that any supervisory powers and control of political parties should be given to an independent authority and not to part of the executive branch in order to ensure transparency and build institutional trust. Also, the Venice Commission is aware of the process of reform launched in December 2011, which proposes the liberalisation of important aspects of the Law on Political Parties, particularly concerning the requirements for the registration of political parties. The draft amendments are pending for adoption at the Duma, where they were discussed in the first reading on 28 February 2012. The entire report can be read here.