How it all began. Back in 1993, Andrey Goltsblat arrived in Washington as a member of the Constitutional Commission of the Russian Federation to meet with US senators, congressmen and lawyers. The meeting was organised and arranged by the Constitutional Commission of the RSFSR and the American Bar Association (ABA). The round table was a meeting of representatives of two continents: the USA and, at that time, still the RSFSR. Young and full of enthusiasm, the members of the Constitutional Commission, including Oleg Rumyantsev, Andrey Goltsblat, Sergey Ivanov and Vladimir Lafitsky, spoke about their experience of drafting the Constitution and heard about US constitutional experience. These meetings took place when the constitutional crisis in Russia was in full spate and it was really important to understand the mechanisms for limiting power.
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