Russia’s Putin paves way for president-in-perpetuity

Vladimir Putin intends to spend the rest of his life as president of Russia. There's very little to stop him.

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March 11, 2020 - 10:23 AM

Russia's President Vladimir Putin Photo by Nikolsky Alexei/TASS/Zuma Press/TNS

The idea that Vladimir Putin would quietly retire always seemed fanciful, given the grisly fate that often befalls ageing autocrats, ex-dictators and even supposedly elected presidents once they let go of absolute power.

In January, Russia’s president-in-perpetuity floated a range of possible constitutional “reforms” to help decide what happens in 2024 when his term in office expires.

This was, in theory, a public consultation. Maybe the Duma (parliament) should have more powers, Putin suggested. Perhaps the role of the prime minister, or the state council, should be enhanced?

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