Vladimir Putin Attempts to Extend his Rule by Altering Russia’s Constitution

Vladimir Putin is attempting to extend his rule of Russia

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Vladimir Putin is attempting to extend his rule of Russia

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Since 1999, Vladimir Putin has maintained a position on Russia’s political stage as either President or Prime Minister. Yet, even as his final term is to close in 2024, he has recently displayed the intentions of extending his rule beyond said date. 

While speaking in his annual State of the Union Address, Putin unexpectedly spoke of constitutional amendments which he suggested would improve the merit of Russia’s democracy and government. His plan was essentially to abate his successor’s powers as President while simultaneously allowing the parliament to appoint a Prime Minister. This would limit a President to two terms, rather than two consecutive ones, and would transfer some of their powers over to the State Council, which would then have the ability to make most economic, social, and political decisions.  “Effectively,” Margarita Simonyan, head of RT television, claimed, “power in Russia is moving to the legislative branch.”

Kremlin critics, however, have pointed out that these changes are a result of his numerous attempts to stay in power past his term’s expiration date. 

The abrupt alterations of political roles and processes leads some speculists to believe that he will abandon his presidency but take the newly augmented role of Prime Minister. A prominent oppositionist, Alexei Nalvany, calls this an obvious “attempt to rule until he dies.”

Some people, however, are far less incredulous, and find that Putin is simply laying groundwork in preparation for 2024’s momentous transitions. 

However, despite the said modifications, Putin argues that Russia’s political system is not stable enough to centrally run under Parliament. Therefore, it was added that the President would retain the right to dismiss Cabinet Ministers and appoint security and military officials.   

To confirm his stance, Putin is initiating Russia’s first referendum since the year of 1993. An election official verified that a referendum could be made after the amendments were formalised.

President Putin’s suggestions have sent waves of shock to Russia’s political community. Dmitri Medvedev announced that he would be resigning and was replaced by Mikhail Mishustin, the country’s obscure tax service head. Additionally, on January 20th, Yury Chaika, the Prosecutor General, confirmed his resignation after fourteen years of service. Chaika was replaced with Igor Krasnov, who has prior served as deputy chairman of the Investigative Committee.