Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday that he opposes the idea of an unlimited term in office for the country's leader like the system that existed in the Soviet Union. … Click to Continue »
Russian President Vladimir Putin played it differently this time. Instead of openly declaring plans to extend his rule like he did in 2011, Putin proposed constitutional amendments to appear to … Click to Continue »
A Syrian man is trekking across Russia with a horse in tow that he plans to present to Russian President Vladimir Putin as a gift. Russia has been a key ally of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.
In his state-of-the-nation speech, Russian President Vladimir Putin's call for changing the constitution attracted the most attention. And his comments about subordinating international law to the constitution sparked chatter about whether the Kremlin was moving toward a more isolationist approach to the outside world.
A raft of constitutional changes announced by Vladimir Putin on January 15 has been officially billed as strengthening Russian democracy. But many suspect the Russian president is laying the groundwork for an extension of his rule in a new capacity.
Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a raft of constitutional changes interpreted as strengthening the role of Russia's parliament and circumscribing the powers of his eventual successor. It didn't take long to get things moving.
Russian president jokingly urges counterpart to invite US leader to Syria
The Russian president has manipulated the levers of power to rule in perpetuity. That prospect is terrible for the west – and Russia
News that Vladimir Putin, Russia’s latter-day tsar, is making plans to cling to power indefinitely comes as no surprise. All the same, it is deeply worrying for Putin’s prey – principally the Russian people and the western democracies.
Putin, 67, has run Russia, as president and prime minister, for 21 years, a feat of political longevity surpassed only by Joseph Stalin. Like Stalin, he has made many enemies and caused untold misery along the way. Continue reading...
The Russian president is laying the groundwork to perpetuate his rule when his term ends in four years
Just over a year ago, Vladimir Putin was asked how Russia would look after his presidential term expires in 2024. To little surprise, he turned the query upon the questioner: “Why are you in such a hurry? I’m not going anywhere yet.”
There was no lack of warning about the intentions of Russia’s longest-serving leader since Stalin. A generation that has grown up knowing nothing but his rule now looks forward to its indefinite perpetuation. The resignations on Wednesday of the prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, and the cabinet, may have taken even some of the ministers in question by surprise, as did the sweeping constitutional reforms the president proposed. But the unexpected aspect was the timing and the nature of his move. That he planned to hold on to power after 2024 was largely taken for granted. Continue reading...
Russian President Vladimir Putin will take part in a peace conference on Libya in Germany on Sunday, as world powers step up efforts to find a lasting ceasefire. The peace talks in Berlin will focus
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Russian President Vladimir Putin played it differently this time.Instead of openly declaring plans to extend his rule like he did in 2011, Putin proposed constitutional amendments to appear to give more power to Russia’s parliament.Instead of announcing the move as a fait accompli, he said the people should vote and decide.And then he executed a swift, unexpected reshuffle of Russia’s leadership, putting a low profile official with no political aims in charge of the government.Putin announced…
Pressure from the West will draw China and Russia closer, irrespective of changes at the top in Moscow, according to diplomatic observers.The assessment came after Russian President Vladimir Putin called for sweeping constitutional changes, fuelling speculation that Putin could hold on to power after leaving the presidency in 2024.In his state-of-the-union address on Wednesday, Putin outlined proposed changes to the constitution that would strengthen the roles of the parliament and other…
When Vladimir Putin replaced his long-serving Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev with a low profile technocrat on Wednesday, it shocked some top officials and fuelled speculation that the Russian president was moving to extend his grip on power beyond the end of his term in 2024.Putin gave little public explanation for the dramatic and unexpected upheaval, which saw Medvedev, one of his most loyal lieutenants, ousted after nearly eight years in office. Medvedev became premier in 2012 after stepping…
Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed constitutional changes on Wednesday that would give him scope to extend his grip on power after leaving the presidency, and picked a new prime minister after Dmitry Medvedev and his cabinet stepped down.Most importantly, Putin suggested diminishing the powers of the presidency and beefing up those of the prime minister.The dramatic moves were widely seen as preparing the ground for 2024, when Putin, now 67, is obliged to leave the presidency after…
With the world on edge over rising tensions in the Middle East, one leader seems unfazed: Russia’s Vladimir Putin.The Russian president arrived in Damascus on Tuesday in just his second visit to Syria since the start of the country’s civil war nearly nine years ago.The timing is significant. The US and its allies were assessing the damage after Iran fired a series of missiles at US-Iraqi airbases early Wednesday in retaliation for the killing of Tehran’s top general Qassem Soleimani.But Putin…
Sentenced to 7.5 years by the Russian authorities last October for drug smuggling, 26-year-old Naama Issachar has quickly become ‘Israel’s daughter.’ Now, the ‘Bring Naama Home’ campaign is gearing up for the Russian president’s visit to Jerusalem
Masha Gessen writes about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement of government reforms, his pattern of obfuscation, the resignation of his cabinet, and how this latest move seems designed to further consolidate his power.
In Russia, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev resigned Wednesday along with his entire Cabinet in a move that surprised many in Moscow and abroad. The move came as Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed sweeping constitutional changes to expand the power of the parliament and the State Council while weakening the presidency. Critics of Putin say the proposals could help him keep power after his final presidential term ends in 2024. The Russian parliament is expected to vote today to confirm Putin's pick for new prime minister, Mikhail Mishustin, a bureaucrat who runs Russia's tax service. The Russian newspaper Kommersant has described the recent political shake-up as "the January revolution." We are joined by Tony Wood, author of "Russia Without Putin: Money, Power and the Myths of the New Cold War." Wood is a member of the New Left Review editorial board. He is also the author of "Chechnya: The Case for Independence."
Moscow is to create the most extensive collection of WWII documents, open to all persons anywhere, to once and for all “shut the filthy mouth” of those seeking to rewrite history for short-term gains, the Russian president said.
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The Russian president may be leaving the presidency in 2024, but he is not about to retire. That could be dangerous for Russian stability — and himself.