US News New constitution in Russia: Putin's re-election possible until 2036 - falsification accused

14:50  04 july  2020
14:50  04 july  2020 Source:   ksta.de

In Moscow, an imposing military parade on the eve of the constitutional referendum

 In Moscow, an imposing military parade on the eve of the constitutional referendum Grand parade on June 24 in Red Square in Moscow to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Postponed for the first time, the parade was finally maintained, despite the risks linked to the coronavirus. No question for Vladimir Putin to give up this event supposed to exalt the greatness of Russia.

Wladimir Putin, Präsident von Russland, sitzt in seiner Vorstadtresidenz Nowo-Ogarjowo. © picture alliance / dpa Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, sits in his Novo-Ogarjowo suburban residence.

After a referendum, the controversial constitutional changes in Russia came into force. The new text of the constitution was published on Saturday. President Vladimir Putin had previously signed a corresponding decree. The new constitution extends Putin's powers and allows him to rule until 2036 when he is re-elected. The opposition in Russia accuses the president of a coup d'état. Putin had brought the changes into play in his annual nation speech in early January. Shortly afterwards, suggestions were drawn up in a working group; Parliament quickly confirmed this. Only the Corona crisis slowed the project down a bit. The referendum scheduled for April was postponed to the end of June. According to the election commission, 77.92 percent of the voters voted for the constitution. Opposition members assume that the votes will be falsified on a massive scale. There was also criticism at the international level.

Russians called to the polls for the constitutional referendum wanted by Vladimir Poutine

 Russians called to the polls for the constitutional referendum wanted by Vladimir Poutine © Alexey Druzhinin, Sputnik / AFP Russian President Vladimir Poutine at a meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, near Moscow, on May 6, 2020. Russia votes from Thursday until July 1 for a referendum to allow Vladimir Putin to remain in power until 2036. The reform authorizes the president-in-office to run for two more terms after 2024. Voters Russians are called to the polls from Thursday until July 1 to speak by referendum on a constitutional reform.

The new constitution also includes an annual pension adjustment and a minimum wage. It also states that marriage is only allowed between a man and a woman. Russia also places national interests above international law in the constitution. After the vote, Putin emphasized that the changes guaranteed stability and security for the country. "People felt in their hearts that the legislative and working group proposals are really important to the country," he said. (dpa)

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In Russia, a former journalist accused of “treason” for a NATO country .
© REUTERS / Evgenia Novozhenina Ivan Safronov, former investigative journalist, in the cage of the accused before a hearing before the Moscow court, July 7, 2020. The arrest for “treason” of an ex-investigative journalist aroused the indignation of his former colleagues. Ivan Safronov is accused of having transmitted state secrets to the benefit of a NATO country. But in Russia, several media outlets supported him, assuring that it was because of his journalistic work that he was arrested.

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