Russian lawmakers favor reforms that would give Putin 2 more terms

Saturday, 14 Mar, 2020

But it was clear where he stood. But the amendment which he backed would formally reset his own presidential term tally to zero.

Hours later, the Federal Council, the 170-member Upper House, also passed the resolution.

Resetting term limits allows Putin to avoid becoming a lame duck, helping him rein in political elites who were nervous about who would succeed him. Valentina Tereshkova, an 83-year-old former Soviet cosmonaut, proposed abolishing Russia's two-term limit or stopping the clock so that the law would not apply to Putin.

After the changes come into force, Putin could potentially stay in power until 2036, thus holding the presidency longer than the Soviet authoritarian leader Joseph Stalin. But the initial speculation was that Putin would eventually head a beefed-up advisory body, like the State Council, and be a kind of leader emeritus. The message now is that Putin could be in the Kremlin until he is in his 80s.

"I can not call this system authoritarian, and I can not agree with this thesis", Putin said during his annual press conference in December 2012.

The proposal comes as parliament is examining and preparing to vote on Putin's constitutional shake-up in its second of three readings. "They would have willingly supported him", Baunov said.

The package Putin announced in January includes a slew of political and social reforms. "And the most striking example that this is not the case is my decision to retire to the second position after two terms of the presidency".

That sparked a wave of protests.

Georgy Satarov, who was one of the authors of the current constitution, told the opposition media outlet Current Time News he expected people would take to the streets in opposition. A nationwide vote on the proposed amendments is set for April 22.

Volodin said the amendment will be considered on March 10. The president's current six-year term expires in 2024.

On the streets of Moscow on Wednesday, some residents welcomed the prospect of Putin staying on, while others said there was no point in opposing the president. "It's most likely understanding that this regime doesn't have an alternative".

Russia If You're ListeningGoing nuclear to stay popularRussia, If You're Listening is a podcast about Vladimir Putin's campaign to undermine and destroy the western world. He referenced "those who want to deter Russian Federation and are ready to use any method for this" in his televised address to parliament Tuesday. Even in the United States, he said, the two-term limit has only been in place since the 22 Amendment was ratified in 1951.

"We do not know when this trigger will be pulled", he said.

"I don't want to and I will not create a system of state power in Russian Federation which will be unacceptable or destructive for it, in order to extend my term", Putin said in comments broadcast on national television at the weekend. "We need to think about future generations".