Constitutional Differences And Similarities Between The United States And Russian Federation

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With 195 countries throughout the world, there are varying policies and rights given to citizens of each. These policies and rights provided to the citizens are typically stated through the constitution of the country, with areas that compare and others that contrast. Constitutions of the United States and Russian Federation follow this pattern; these differences and similarities can lead to a different meaning of being a good citizen of a particular country. Constitutional and governmental policies of Russia and the United States share commonalities and differences, with similarities and differences of being a good citizen in each. To begin with, numerous resemblances are embedded within the two constitutional documents of the US and Russia, …show more content…

One of those contrasting points are the differences in the balances of powers. In the Russian Federation, the Executive Branch, specifically the president, appears more powerful than the other two branches, legislative and judicial. The only power the legislative and judicial branches have to prevent the president from becoming too powerful is the act of impeaching him. This is dissimilar to the United States where there is an accepted system of checks and balances that prevents one branch from becoming more powerful than the other two. An additional point of diversity of the two are the governmental structures. Although Russia states in the preamble they want to practice a democracy, their methods point more toward a republic. Some of these republican ways include their system of proposing amendments, where only state representatives can propose them. This amendment proposal process is different than the United States where the citizen themselves has the ability to propose the amendment, such as through a convention. The Russian Federation is further proven closer to a representative government as the president appoints the state representatives, in opposition to the people of the state appointing representatives in the United States. Plus, the structure of the Russia’s government involves granting immunities to many of its

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