With one signature, Russian President Vladimir Putin was able to retain power in theory until 2036. The law was made to set Putin’s previous rules to zero Posted on Government Portal on Monday.
The State Duma passed the law at the end of March. It implemented the focal point of the controversial new constitution that the Russians voted on last July.
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According to the old 1993 constitution, Putin should leave the Kremlin in 2024. Since his previous term of office was canceled in 2000, he can now run for the next two presidential elections – and in principle continue to rule until 2036. So far, however, the 68-year-old Kremlin leader has been open about whether he really wants to do so.
The biggest constitutional change in Russian history gave Putin significantly more power. Russian opposition officials have accused the president of abusing his power and overthrowing the constitution. (dpa)