Charter of Saint Petersburg

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Charter of Saint Petersburg (Russian: Устав Санкт-Петербурга) is the basic law of the federal city of Saint Petersburg. It was adopted by the Legislative Assembly of Saint Petersburg, the city's unicameral parliament, on January 14, 1998.


Charter of Saint Petersburg was developed and adopted by deputies of the Legislative Assembly of the first convocation (1994-1998). The document was adopted in the second vote by qualified majority in the minimum number of votes - 34 of 50 ( 8 votes against and 3 abstentions).[1] Since the Charter in this edition significantly infringe upon the authority of the Governor of St. Petersburg and gave a certain imbalance in favor of the legislative branch power,[2] the then Governor Vladimir Yakovlev, refused to sign it, which led to a serious political crisis. As a result of negotiation and compromise is January 28, 1998 has adopted a package of amendments in favor of the executive.[1]


St. Petersburg Charter consists of a preamble and 12 chapters:[3]

Chapter I. General Provisions Chapter II. Competences of St. Petersburg Chapter III. Basics territorial system of St. Petersburg Chapter IV. Fundamentals of organization of the government of St. Petersburg Chapter V. The Legislature St. Petersburg Chapter VI. Administration of St. Petersburg Chapter VII. The judiciary St. Petersburg Chapter VIII. Interaction authorities of St. Petersburg Chapter IX. Basis of local government in St. Petersburg Chapter X. The participation of residents of St. Petersburg in the exercise of power Chapter XI. Ownership of St. Petersburg Chapter XII. Final and transitional provisions

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  1. ^ a b Татьяна Драбкина. "Политический кризис в связи с принятием устава Санкт-Петербурга // Политический мониторинг. 1998. № 1.". Политический мониторинг. Archived from the original on 2012-09-08. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  2. ^ Зиновьев А. В. "Устав Санкт-Петербурга: Политико-правовой анализ // Правоведение. 1998. № 3. - С. 36-40.". Юридическая Россия. Archived from the original on 2012-09-08. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  3. ^ "Устав Санкт-Петербурга (с изменениями и дополнениями)". Сайт Конституции РФ. Archived from the original on 2012-05-18. Retrieved 2012-01-06.