Russia's lower house of parliament on Wednesday approved a constitutional amendment to allow President Vladimir Putin — already the country's longest-serving leader since Josef Stalin — to extend his rule until 2036.Apparently, the Russian form of strong man government must be couched in democratic terms.
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Lawmakers in the State Duma voted 383 to 0 in favor of the amendment, with 43 abstentions. Putin said on Tuesday that Russia's Constitutional Court would have to rule on whether the move would contradict Russian law. Putin's critics have said approval by the court is all-but certain.
We had a discussion about Putin and who might replace him om Midrats with Dmitry Gorenburg a couple of weeks ago:
Listen to "Episode 529: Russia's 2020, with Dr. Dmitry Gorenburg" on Spreaker.