On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law which enabled him to hold power until 2036, a move which formalizes changes in constitution endorsed in the popular vote of last year.
The constitutional vote on July 1 included a provision resetting Putin’s previous terms and allowing him to stand for president two times more. The Kremlin-controlled legislature rubber-stamped the change and Putin’s relevant legislation was posted on a legal information portal Monday. The change was signed by Putin.
Russian 68 years old President Josef Stalin, who has been in power for more than 20 years, said that he would later decide whether to re-run in 2024 when his current semi-anniversary term ends.
He argued that it was necessary to reset the term counting to prevent his lieutenants from “darting eyes in search of possible successors” instead of working normally.
The constitutional changes also stressed Russian law as a priority over international standards, outlawed homosexual marriages and referred to “a belief in God” as a core value. Methodically, Russian legislators have modified national law and approved the relevant legislation.