Russia’s autocratic President,, has tightened his grip on power after signing a new law to keep himself in office. Vladimir Putin has signed a new law that allows him to , meaning he could stay in office until 2036. The law sets a two-term limit on the presidency but also resets Mr. Putin’s record so that his four do not count. Therefore, he can run twice more once his current period ends in 2024. Mr. Putin became president in 2000, then switched to in 2012.
The new law also lengthens presidential terms from four years to six.
Mr. Putin, who is 68, could now remain leader for even longer than 20th-century dictator Joseph Stalin, who ruled the Soviet Union for over two decades until he died in 1953.
The legislation formalizes Russia’s constitution changes, which got public approval in a national referendum. was tainted by pressure on voters, propaganda, a lack of opposition, and transparency. Mr. Putin has argued that resetting his term count will prevent other politicians from “darting their eyes in search for possible successors”.
The highest-profile opposition figure in Russia,, was imprisoned in January after returning to the country, having recovered months after being poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent. US intelligence concluded with “high confidence” that Russian intelligence officers were responsible for poisoning him.
Last month, theon Russian officials, including FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov, in response to Mr Navalny’s sickness and imprisonment.
“The Kremlin’s use of chemical weapons to silence aand intimidate others demonstrates its flagrant disregard for international norms,” US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said at the time.
“We join the European Union in condemning Alexei Navalny’s poisoning, as well as his arrest and imprisonment by the Russian government.” Mr., demanding better medical treatment from his captors. Today Russia’s state penitentiary service announced he had been moved to a sanitary unit due to signs of “a respiratory illness, including a high fever”.
Meanwhile, there are mounting tensions on Russia’s, where footage has shown tanks, artillery, and as many as 4000 troops mobilizing. Russian officials have told the West to avoid it and refrain from . “No doubt such a scenario would lead to a further increase in tensions close to Russia’s borders,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
“Of course, this would call for additional measures from the Russian side to ensure security.
“I very much hope that they will not be ‘incited’ by politicians, who in turn will be ‘incited’ by the West, led by the United States,” addedSergei Lavrov.
“Russian President Putin said (this) not long ago, but this statement is still relevant today, that those trying to start a new war in Donbas will destroy Ukraine. US President Joe Biden in his first phone call with President Volodymyr Zelensky last Friday. In a statement released by the White House, Mr. Biden “affirmed the United States‘ unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression in the Donbas and Crimea”.