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Putin could call the referendum in weeks, which would allow him to rule until 2036

May 22, 2020

Russian President Vladimir Putin is considering holding a referendum on constitutional reform in a few weeks that would allow him to rule the country until 2016. This referendum has been postponed due to the current coronavirus pandemic, which affects Russia as the second largest country at world level.

The seasoned president, who has ruled the country since 2000, with the exception of the period between 2008 and 2012, when he was prime minister, wants to regain the political initiative by resuming the referendum scheduled for April 22

For this reason, according to Bloomberg, four sources familiar with the Kremlin discussions, he could announce the vote in a few weeks. To improve participation, electronic voting and traditional polling stations are used, the sources said.

Putin could call the referendum in weeks, which would allow him to rule until 2036
Putin could call the referendum in weeks, which would allow him to rule until 2036

“Putin is in a hurry to push through constitutional reform,” said Sergei Markov, a political advisor to the Kremlin. “He wants to get it on the way as soon as possible,” he adds. Given the president’s popularity, the referendum was considered a process, but the ramifications of COVID-19 might not make the outcome so easy.