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Russian Ambassador optimistic about constitutional amendments

Update: July, 01/2020 - 17:02


Russian Ambassador to Việt Nam Konstantin V. Vnukov casts his vote at the embassy in Hà Nội on Wednesday morning. — VNS Photo Hồng Minh

HÀ NỘI — The Russian representative offices in Việt Nam opened their doors on Wednesday from 8am to 8pm to welcome Russian nationals coming to vote on proposed amendments to the Constitution, the same day as voting day in Russia.

There are three voting stations in Việt Nam, including one at the embassy and two others at consulates general in HCM City and Đà Nẵng City.

Russian Ambassador to Việt Nam Konstantin V. Vnukov told Việt Nam News that the Hà Nội station expected to welcome some 400 Russian coming to vote. He said that given the excellent results on the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Việt Nam, the embassy decided to hold the voting stations for Russians.

“Today is a special and important day for Russians as well as for the future of the Russian Federation,” said the ambassador.

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed revising the Constitution of the Russian Federation in the Federal Message on January 15. More than 200 amendments were submitted by the people and reviewed by the Government.

Vnukov said that there would be many important amendments, including the expansion of the powers of the Russian parliament and the court, as well as the changes in Russia’s sovereignty, citizens’ social affairs like minimum wage and pensions. He said that he was optimistic about the situation and the positive changes from the proposed amendments to people’s lives.

“I believe that if the amendments are agreed upon, the amended Constitution will be the most modern in the world,” he said.

Vnukov said the amendments would also have good effects on Russia’s diplomacy, including the relations with Việt Nam. — VNS

The voting station at the Russian embassy in Hà Nội. There are three stations in Việt Nam. — Photos Valeria Fesenko


Medical masks and sanitiser prepared at the voting station.


Russian nationals register for voting.


A Russian couple and their baby come to vote at the embassy.


Russian nationals cast their votes at the Russian embassy in Hà Nội.


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