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Back in the B.C. (Before Corona) period, the biggest story in Russia concerned proposed amendments to the country's constitution. These were designed to spread powers more widely and shape the country's future direction.
The planned national vote on constitutional amendments in Russia will be postponed from April to a later date, President Vladimir Putin said, citing the threat of Covid-19.
Given COVID-19, it's difficult to predict what may happen in the coming months. But if the spread is contained, Russia's nationwide vote on proposed constitutional changes will be held on April 22, Vladimir Putin has confirmed.
The new amendments to the Russian Constitution – allowing Vladimir Putin to run for president a fifth time – are seen by some as a strongman’s trick to stay in power. Others point out that Putin’s 2024 bid is yet to be announced.
Russian legislators have given the final nod to a package of constitutional amendments proposed by President Vladimir Putin, which include giving sweeping new powers to parliament and tightening background checks on top officials.
Russian MPs have voted in favor of a bill to amend the country’s Constitution. The changes include broadening the powers of parliament as well as limiting the number of lifetime presidential terms for one person.
Vladimir Putin stunned Russians in January when he began the countdown to his departure from the Kremlin by proposing changes to Russia's 1993 constitution. Adding to the drama, Prime Minister Medvedev resigned on the same day.
A Washington Post story about Russia’s constitutional reform has drawn the ire of Senator Andrey Klishas, who gave the outlet a lengthy interview but found only few of his lines in the text, which he believes is “provocative.”
Planned change of the Russian basic law can only be enacted if the Russian people give an unequivocal mandate for it, President Vladimir Putin told a working group preparing the amendments.