US News What could Russia look like if Vladimir Putin stayed in power for another 16 years?
Call to the Russian people: Putin creates mood for his eternal power
© AP Vladimir Putin In a speech, Russian President Vladimir Putin called on his compatriots to vote on the new constitution of the country. The new Basic Law is intended to permanently secure power with additional powers. "The voice of each one of you is the most important," said Putin on Tuesday. He thanked those millions who would have already voted "yes". The ballot box ends this Wednesday. The greatest constitutional change in Russian history could keep Putin in office until 2036.
Since June 25, voters have voted to validate a multitude of amendments to the Constitution of Russia. Drowned in the middle, the possibility for President Vladimir Putin to stay another sixteen years in the Kremlin. What should we fear? How can the history of his presidency speak volumes about what awaits the Russians?
The Russians have been voting since Thursday, June 25 and until July 1, to ratify by popular consultation the amendments to the Constitution of 1993, decided in January 2020 by Vladimir Putin and approved in March 2020 by the Parliament. Among the 206 amendments: resetting the counter for presidential terms, limited to two.
In power since 2000, Vladimir Putin will be able to run for president in 2024 and 2030, that is, the possibility of directing Russia until 2036. What can we expect? What would Russia be like with Vladimir Putin at the helm for another 16 years?
Answers with Clémentine Fauconnier, doctor of political science at Sciences Po Paris and specialist in Russian politics…
Donald Trump: Republicans criticize Trump's withdrawal plans for Germany .
US President Trump wants to pull thousands of soldiers out of Germany - and is now causing trouble in his own party. In a letter, six MPs complain that the plan could strengthen Russia. © Nicolas Armer / dpa Criticism from the Republican party of a decision by the US President is currently rather the exception. With his plan to withdraw around 10,000 US soldiers from Germany , Donald Trump is now causing discontent in his own ranks - and this is now becoming public.