Russian President Yeltsin spoke to the press about the 1993 election of the Russian Federal Assembly and the new Constitution.
In 1993, the Russian Federation adopted its constitution and abolished the Soviet system of government. A referendum was held which allowed citizens to vote on the new constitution. This lesson introduces the Russian constitution and the Russian system of government.
What was the Cold War?
Review the major events of the Cold War and the type of government that existed in Russia during that period.
Using the following handout have the students view each of the following clips and answer the guiding questions.
Handout: Russia's System of Government and the Russian Constitution (Google Doc)
Clip 1: Russian President Yeltsin and the Russian Constitution (5:33)
Clip 3: Russia Delegation on Capitol Hill 1994 (1:30)
Clip 4: Putin and the Russian Presidency (1:36)
Clip 5: The Russian Constitution (6:52)
Clip 6: Putin and the Russian Elections (3:24)
After viewing the clips, review the answers with the class.
Writing Prompt- Based on what you know about the systems of government in Russia and the United States, compare the two systems of government. Use specific examples from the clips.
Revise the Constitution- Using the Constitution of the Russian Federation propose revisions that you feel will improve some of the issues addressed in the clips.