The Federal Constitutional Law establishes hereby the lyrics, music and procedure of official use of the National Anthem of the Russian Federation.
Article 1. Pursuant to Article 70, Russian Constitution, to approve of the music and wording of the Russian National Anthem according to Appendices 1 and 2 hereto.
Article 2. The Russian National Anthem is an official national symbol of the Russian Federation.
The Russian National Anthem represents a musical and poetic work perform in cases envisaged in this Federal Constitutional Law.
The Russian National Anthem may be performed in an orchestra, choir, orchestra/choir or any other vocal and instrumental version. In this case, audio and video records as well as TV and radio broadcasting may be used.
The Russian National Anthem must be performed in strict conformity to the approved of musical version and the wording.
Article 3. The Russian National Anthem is performed:
when the Russian President takes office, after the President took oath;
when heads of governmental authorities of the Russian Federation constituents and heads of local authorities take office;
at opening and closure of meetings of the Federation Council of the Russian Federal Assembly and sessions of the State Duma of the Russian Federal Assembly;
during the official ceremony of lifting the National Flag of the Russian Federation and other official ceremonies;
during ceremonies of meeting and seeing off of foreign heads of state, heads of foreign governments, official representatives of foreign states and also heads of inter-governmental and inter-state agencies arriving to the Russian Federation on official visits, according to the diplomatic protocol;
during military rituals, according to the general military charters of the Russian Armed Forces.
The Russian National Anthem may be performed:
when monuments and memorial signs are opened;
when solemn meetings devoted to national holidays of the Russian Federation are opened and closed;
during any other solemn events held by governmental authorities, local authorities and also governmental and non-governmental agencies.
Article 4. The Russian National Anthem is broadcasted by public TV and radio companies:
on a daily basis - before the start and the end of broadcasting, and in case of 24 hour broadcasting, at 6:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m. local time;
in the New Year night, after broadcasting the striking of the clock at the Spasskaya Tower of the Moscow Kremlin at 12:00 a.m. local time.
Article 5.In holding official events in foreign countries, the Russian National Anthem is performed in accordance with the rules established by the Russian Foreign Ministry, taking into account the traditions of the country of stay.
Article 6. The Russian National Anthem is performed during official ceremonies during sports events in Russia and abroad – according to the rules of these events.
Article 7.During official performance of the Russian National Anthem, those present are listening to it in standing, men do not wear hats.
If performance of the Russian National Anthem is accompanied with raising of the Russian National Flag, those present turn to the flag.
Performance of the Russian National Anthem in military units, military ships and vessels is governed by general military charters of the Russian Federation.
Article 8.The use of the Russian National Anthem in other musical works and other works of art shall only be allowed in such cases and such manner as established by the Russian President.
Article 9. Performance and use of the Russian National Anthem in violation of this Federal Constitutional Law and also desecration of the Russian National Anthem shall entail liability according to Russian law.
Article 10. To propose to the Russian President and to assign the Russian Government, within three months from the date when this Federal Constitutional Law takes effect, to bring their regulations in conformity with this Federal Constitutional Law.
Article 11. This Federal Constitutional Law shall inure upon its official publication.
Moscow, The Kremlin
December 25, 2000