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Chapter : Russian President Announces Constitutional Changes : January 15, 2020
Russian President Announces Constitutional Changes : January 15, 2020
Early in 2020, Russian president Vladimir Putin leveraged strong legislative and public support for his government to secure the approval of dozens of constitutional amendments, including a measure prohibiting presidents from serving more than two terms total. While observers interpreted this as evidence that Putin would not try to remain in office, their analysis was nullified by a federal lawmaker’s proposal to “reset” the number of terms Putin had served to zero, allowing him to seek two additional terms. The amendments prompted fresh protests by opposition activists, and allegations of voter coercion and irregularities called into question the legitimacy of a public referendum that saw ...