블라드미르 푸틴 러시아 대통령이 국민투표를 제한하는 법 개정안에 서명했습니다.
개정된 법은 국가 예산과 세금 등 국가적 중대사안들을 국민투표에 회부하지 못하도록 규정하고 있습니다.
일부 야당 의원들은 이번에 개정된 법이 국가 중대사에 대한 국민의 목소리를 잠재우기 위한 것이라고 지적했습니다.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law restrictions on national referendums. Some lawmakers say those restrictions are aimed at silencing the voices of citizens on critical issues.
The Kremlin today (Friday) announced Mr. Putin's signing of an amendment to change existing law and ban referendums on matters of nationwide importance, such as the budget and taxation.
Russia's parliament adopted the restrictions earlier this month.
Members of the Communist faction in the lower house (the State Duma) promptly walked out in protest. Opponents say the measure strips away the ability of people to express themselves on issues of national importance.
Pro-Kremlin lawmakers say the measure was necessary because referendums were being used for political gain.