- A proposal has been made to allow Putin to continue being president of Russia, removing term limits.
- The proposal came from Valentina Tereshkova former Soviet Cosmonaut and now a member of the Russian Duma.
- The amendment could be drafted this week.
On March 10, the proposal was made in the Russian Duma to remove restrictions on the number of presidential terms and allow the current head of state to be re-elected to this position. The Russian Duma is the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia, while the upper house is the Council of the Federation.
The announcement of such changes and the proposal came from Valentina Tereshkova, a member of the Russian State Duma and former cosmonaut. She is the first woman to have flown in space with a solo mission on the Vostok 6.
Tereshkova claimed her proposal was not just about Vladimir Putin but about Russia. Her colleagues were delighted. The proposal comes on the heels of Putin’s proposed Russian constitution amendments on January 15th. According to the text, the Law (the amendments) will go into force after approval by the legislative authorities, and not less than two thirds of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, with the exception of articles 1 and 2 of the Law which enter into force in a special order.
Support for removing term limits is mentioned under the guise of the stabilization of the Russian economy and political incentives.
Nevertheless, the speaker of Russia’s State Duma immediately suggested discussions and consultation with current President Vladimir Putin. Of course there will be a speedy effort to start adding these changes. After all, it is all about the Kremlin and Putin. It is not a surprise as Chinese leader Xi Jinping removed limits in China and is now allowed to be the leader until the day he dies.
Meetings with leaders of the Duma factions will go ahead shortly. The proposal could be approved this week and be sent to the Federation Council on the same day. If approved by the upper house, it will be sent for consideration by the representative bodies of the subjects of the Russian Federation.
This was expected. The trajectory of Putin’s politics and the Kremlin’s agenda is a clear indication Putin is going to stay as a leader of Russia indefinitely. The 31 pages of the proposed amendments to the Russian constitution are meant to bury the most important political interests of Putin’s inner circle.
The future vote is just a formality to pretend that Russia has a democratic style of governance, when in fact, it is more of a dictatorship. Putin’s Russia is here to stay and the political climate and his empirical desires will continue to go forward. The ramifications are grim and there is little chance for true democracy in Russia.