Federal Constitutional Law №3 dated December 25, 2000

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Federal Constitutional Law № 3 dated December 25, 2000  (2000) 


The Russian Federation The Federal Constitutional Law on the National Anthem of the Russian Federation

Adopted on December 8, 2000 by the State Duma Approved on December 20, 2000 by the Federation Council (As amended by Federal Constitutional Law №2 dated March 22, 2001) The Federal Constitutional Law establishes hereby the lyrics, musicand procedure of official use ofthe National Anthem of the Russian Federation.

Article 1

In accordance with Article 70 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation the lyrics and musicofthe National Anthem shall be established as stated in Appendix 1 and 2 to the Federal Constitutional Law. (As amended by Federal Constitutional Law №2 dated March 22, 2001).

Article 2

The National Anthem is one of the official state symbols of the Russian Federation.

The lyrics and music of the National Anthem create a composition that is performed during certain occasions as set forth herein.

The National Anthem can be performed by an orchestra or/and choir or otherwise. Audio and video recordings can be used in performing the Anthem, as well as television and radio broadcasts.

The National Anthem of the Russian Federation must be performed in compliance with the approved music and lyrics.

Article 3

The National Anthem of the Russian Federation is played during following occasions: at the ceremony of taking office by the President of the Russian Federation, after he has sworn an oath; at the ceremony of taking office by heads of agencies of the federal government of the subjects of the Russian Federation and by the local government; while opening and closing sessions of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation; at the official ceremony when the National Flag of the Russian Federation is being hoisted and other solemn occasions; at the official ceremonies to welcome or say goodbye to the heads of foreign states, heads of governments of foreign states, official representatives of foreign states, as well as chiefs of intergovernmental organizations that are on official visits to the Russian Federation in accordance with the protocol; at the military ceremonies in accordance with the Armed Forces regulations of the Russian Federation.

The National Anthem of the Russian Federation can be played during following occasions: the ceremonial unveiling of a monument; opening and closing solemn occasions to mark national holidays of the Russian Federation; other solemn occasions held by state and local authorities as well as government and non-governmental organizations.

Article 4

The National Anthem of the Russian Federation is broadcast on radio or television: every day – at the beginning or at the end of broadcasting, and in case of the 24-hour broadcasting at 6 a.m. and 12 p.m. local time; at the New Year night after the clock of the Moscow Kremlin Saviour Tower stop striking at 12 p.m. local time.

Article 5

At the official ceremonies held in the foreign states, the National Anthem of the Russian Federation is played in accordance with the rules set by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation taking into consideration the traditions of the host country.

Article 6

The National Anthem of the Russian Federation is played at the sporting events in the Russian Federation or abroad in accordance with the sporting events regulations.

Article 7

During the official performance of the National Anthem of the Russian Federation all attendees are supposed to stand and men take their hats off.

If the National Flag of the Russian Federation is being hoisted during the performance of the National Anthem of the Russian Federation, the attendees are supposed to turn their faces to the Flag.

The performance of the National Anthem of the Russian Federation in the military compounds, on military ships and vessels is governed by the Armed Forces regulations of the Russian Federation.

Article 8

The performance of the National Anthem of the Russian Federation in other pieces of music and works of art is authorized on the occasions and according to the procedure set by the President of the Russian Federation.

Article 9

The performance of the National Anthem of the Russian Federation in violation of the Federal Constitutional Law and an outrage against the National Anthem of the Russian Federation is pursued by the law of the Russian Federation.

Article 10

To propose to the President of the Russian Federation and to entrust the Government of the Russian Federation with the duty of updating their regulations with this Federal Constitutional Law within three months as of the effective date of this Federal Constitutional Law.

Article 11

The Federal Constitutional Law becomes effective as of the date of its publication.

President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin

Moscow, The Kremlin, December 25, 2000 The Federal Constitutional Law № 3

Appendix 1 to the Federal Constitutional Law on the National Anthem of the Russian Federation (As amended by Federal Constitutional Law №2 dated March 22, 2001)

Music by Alexander Alexandrov

This work is not an object of copyright according to Part IV of Civil Code No. 230-FZ of the Russian Federation of December 18, 2006.

Article 1259. Objects of Copyright

Paragraph 5

Copyright shall not apply to ideas, concepts, principles, methods, processes, systems, means, solutions of technical, organizational and other problems, discoveries, facts, programming languages.

Paragraph 6

Shall not be objects of copyright:
  • official documents of state government agencies and local government agencies of municipal formations, including laws, other legal texts, judicial decisions, other materials of legislative, administrative and judicial character, official documents of international organizations, as well as their official translations;
  • state symbols and signs (flags, emblems, orders, banknotes, and the like), as well as symbols and signs of municipal formations;
  • works of folk art (folklore), which don't have specific authors;
  • news reports on events and facts, which have a purely informational character (daily news reports, television programs, transportation schedules, and the like).

Full text of the Code: in Russian.


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