The change will enable Putin to stand for re-election in the presidential election, increasing the likelihood of his serving two additional six-year terms. The amendments will be offered for approval in a popular vote which was initially scheduled for April 22, but has since been indefinitely postponed due to COVID lockdown measures. Approval is legally binding and would immediately alter constitutional provisions. These amendments include a stricter observation of presidential term limits, meaning future Russian presidents will only be able to serve two terms total in their lifetime. Putin has remained vague about his intentions, though he is widely expected to seek reelection under the new rules.
A New ‘Emperor’: Russia Girds for 16 More Years of Putin
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Tens of thousands of people in the Far Eastern Russian city of Khabarovsk marched in an unsanctioned rally on July 18 to protest the arrest of a local governor. The U. Ukraine and its Western partners have marked the sixth anniversary of the downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger flight over eastern Ukraine. Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny says he has been ordered not to leave Moscow. The Kremlin has seemed to turn its attention inward in recent months. But a series of events, reports, and accusations come as a reminder of its actions abroad. Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a snap "combat readiness check" involving , personnel and hundreds of aircraft and naval vessels.
As it happens, that would allow Vladimir Putin, at present ineligible to run for another term when his current one expires in , to stay on for two more six-year terms after that date, assuming he can win two more elections on top of the four he has won already. By then, in , he would be 83, and would have ruled Russia for 36 years, as long as Ivan the Terrible. Such leaders seldom improve with age. A few technicalities remain see article. It is a sign of how completely Mr Putin has packed and bent Russian institutions to his will that no one imagines that he will fail to get his way, just as no one imagines that Valentina Tereshkova, who took her giant leap for womankind back on June 16th, , was acting off her own bat.
Not that the magnate, Konstantin Malofeev , was complaining. A nationalist financier with Kremlin connections and his own TV channel, Mr. Malofeev has spent decades agitating for a restoration of royal rule.