Russia President Vladimir Putin signed legislation that can make him make him President till 2036. The information was released by the Russian government itself on its information portal, in the form of a copy of a bill.
Mr. Putin signed the legislation in which he “reset” his terms of presidency and rewrote over the Russian constitution through an amendment. After the move the 68-year-old Putin was called out by many of his critics to have indulged into a “power grab” he is widely popular for.
Before the addendum, Mr. Putin would have been asked to step down after his second consecutive term which is to end in 2024. Mr. Putin has been in power as the Russia president since the last two decades. However, thanks to new amendments that the Russian voters agreed to last year, Mr. Putin will be allowed to run for further 2 presidential terms, each lasting 6-years.
Under the new law, Russian citizen who sits on the President’s seat will be limited to serving only 2-presidential terms in their lifetime. However, the new law does not take into consideration the number of terms served until he entered into force. In a nutshell this means that the last 4 terms served by Mr. Putin does not actually count. This allows him to serve further 2 more terms.
It should be noted that if Mr. Putin serves as the Russian President until 2036, he will be the longest serving leader of Moscow since the Russian empire, a feat that was held by the last known Russian dictator, Joseph Stalin.
Mr. Putin served as the Russian President for two terms, after which he was made to serve as the Russian PM in 2008. This was done because of the term limits written in the Russian constitution. However, most people considered him Russia’s de facto President even when he served as the PM. Later in 2012, Mr. Putin regained his presidency.
Let’s look at the northward trajectory of the Russian President Vladimir Putin
Oct, 1952: Vladimir Putin is born in St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad)
1975: Putin is selected in Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service KGB (Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti)
Aug, 1996: Putin is appointed as President Boris Yeltsin’s first deputy manager.
Aug, 1999: On August 9, 1999, the then Russian President Boris Yeltsin names the Russian security chief Vladimir Putin as his acting PM. In the coming months, he goes on the record and said that he would be passing the Presidency baton to Putin when the former’s tenure ends.
Sep, 1999: A series of explosions hit four apartment buildings in Moscow, Buynaksk and Volgodonsk. The attack takes lives of more than 300 people. Putin puts his focus on Chechen terrorists and puts the blame on the organization. This move helps him attain a lot of popularity among the Russian masses. Putin goes on after the terrorists and initiates aerial bombings in Chechnya. While some Russians laud Putin, some critics questioned whether the Chechen terrorists were really involved in the massacre.
Dec, 1999: President Boris puts down his resignation and as suggested, hands Putin the presidency.
Mar, 2000: The turn of the millennia sees Putin win his first election.
Oct, 2002: 800 people are taken hostage at Moscow theater by the Chechen terrorists. Putin sends the Russian special forces. However, in a move that backfired, a poison gas is used which ended up killing several hostages.
Mar, 2002: President Putin wins the Presidential election and is elected as the Russian President for the second time. Putin got more than 70% of the vote from the Russians. Experts suggest increase in consumer lifestyle standards was the reason for his landslide victory. Russia witnesses a similar trend for the next 4 years.
Oct, 2006: Chechnya human rights abuse critic and journalist Anna Politkovskaya is found murdered in Moscow the same day as Putin’s birthday. The same year, outspoken Russian critic Alexander Litvinenko died in London. Autopsy suggested radioactive poisoning. Investigation from the British authorities said that Alexander was assassinated by Russians spies.
May, 2008: Russian constitution limits Putin to continue serving after his 2 consecutive terms. Putin goes on to become an acting Prime Minister of his ally, Dmitry Medvedev.
March, 2012: Putin sits on the President’s chair once again. Wins re-election with 60% of the vote. He goes on to extend Presidential terms from 6 years to 4 years. Meanwhile, critics of Putin hold protests alleging vote fraud.
Feb, 2014: Russia hosts Winter Olympic Games at Sochi.
Sep, 2015: Putin makes the decision to initiate air-strikes targeted towards Syria. Russia intervenes in Middle-East issues after decades.
Mar, 2018: Sergei Skripal, a decorated Russian spy is found dead along with his daughter in England. They are poisoned with nerve agent. Moscow denies all allegations by Britain of any involvement.