Putin signs a law allowing him two more terms as a Russian leader

Moscow-Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on Monday recognizing the possibility of retaining power until 2036, a move to formalize a constitutional amendment approved in last year’s vote.

The July 1st constitutional vote included a clause that would reset Putin’s previous term limit and allow him to run for president two more times. The changes were rubber stamped by the Kremlin-controlled legislature, and relevant laws signed by Putin were posted on the official portal of legal information on Monday.

The 68-year-old Russian president, who has been in power for more than 20 years, longer than any other Kremlin leader since Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, will run again in 2024, his current six-year term. Said to decide later. Finish.

He argued that his adjutants needed to reset their terms in order to stay focused on their work, rather than “looking away to look for potential successors.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin is attending the signing ceremony of a general agreement between all Russian trade unions, employers and the Government of the Russian Federation through a video conference at the Novoogaryovo State Capitol on the outskirts of Moscow, Russia. , March 31, 2021. (Sputnik via Reuters / Alexei Dordinin / Kremlin)

The constitutional amendment also emphasized the superiority of Russian law over international norms, outlawed same-sex marriage, and referred to “faith in God” as a core value. Nearly 78% of voters approved a constitutional amendment during a vote that lasted a week and ended on July 1. The turnout was 68%.

Following the vote, Russian lawmakers approved the relevant law and systematically amended domestic law.

Opposition criticized the constitutional vote, arguing that it was undermined by widespread reports of voter pressure and other misconduct, lack of transparency, and hurdles that hindered independent surveillance.

Within months of the vote, Russia imprisoned Alexei Navalny, the country’s most prominent opposition.

Navalny, 44, was arrested in January when he returned from Germany and spent five months recovering from a nerve agent addiction accusing the Kremlin. Russian authorities have rejected the accusation.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny attends a hearing on February 20, 2021 in Moscow, Russia, to consider an appeal against a previous court decision to change a suspended sentence to an actual sentence. I will. (Maxim Shemetov / Reuters)

In February, Navalny was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for violating the conditions of probation during the recovery period in Germany. The ruling came from a 2014 conviction of embezzlement that Navalny rejected as forged, and the European Commission on Human Rights found it illegal.

His team says he lost considerable weight to protest the failure of authorities who did not provide adequate treatment for his back and leg pain, even before Navalny launched a hunger strike on Wednesday. ..

Navalny complained that prison officials gave him the proper medicine and refused to allow his doctor to visit him. He also protested the hourly checks that guards performed against him at night, stating that they corresponded to lack of sleep.

In an Instagram post on Monday, Navalny said three out of 15 people in his room at the exile were diagnosed with tuberculosis. He said he had a strong cough and a fever of 38.1 ° C (100.6 ° F).

Later on Monday, the Izvestia newspaper said a statement from a state prison that Navalny had been transferred to a prison colony hygiene unit after testing found that Navalny had “signs of respiratory illness, including high fever.” Was posted.

Navalny said he and other prisoners had studied tuberculosis prevention notices that emphasized the importance of boosting immunity with a balanced diet. This is in contrast to the prison ration of “glue-like porridge and frozen potatoes.”

Vladimir Isachenkov