- It is expected some of the Russian government agencies will be dismantled.
- There are also elevated promotions in upcoming weeks.
- A change of foreign policy announcement is coming within a month.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is restructuring the Russian government. In January, he proposed amendments to the Russian constitution. It is highly likely due to the coronavirus that the amendments will be approved without the proposed popular vote. Putin continues to carve out a new Russian power model. The style of governance for the Kremlin has been more of a dictatorship.
Anyone speaking out against the government usually finds themselves either in prison, dead or forewarned with serious health consequences. The latest example would be the suspicious deaths, ruled suicide, of two oligarchs in the past month.
It is clear even if an election is held in 2024, the plan is for Putin to stay in power. The removal of term limits solidifies this. In fact, the personification of power in Russia has one very serious problem. In the country, almost all innovations come from Putin, but not because of the need for Putin himself to determine all directions and so on.
Communication with governors on the topic of the fight against the spread of coronavirus showed that Putin seeks to enable state leaders to do more than obediently carry out his will; he has encouraged them to try their own options. Yet, there was a change in the power of governors this year too. The newly appointed leaders either received more power or had it taken away depending on their relationship to Putin..
Putin’s agenda is to resurrect Soviet Union and to dominate the world. That means also controlling his opponents to gain any traction. When, a system is solely based on one person, it is always vulnerable. The vulnerability is based on the over dependence on Putin.
Putin is expected to make an announcement of Russian government restructuring within two weeks. It is highly likely some of the federal agencies will be dismantled. The structure of the federal reach will change too. Rosnadzor is expected to be given additional control. There is a talk about promoting the Governor of Tula.
Other expected changes include:
1) State power will be simpler and more understandable to the populous. This is necessary to convince Russians of the need for Putin. Such a point-by-point adjustment is already being carried out within the framework of constitutional reform; its content will be fully revealed not in the dry planks of constitutional amendments, but in the texts of laws on amendments to existing legislation.
2) The unity of power will affect the entire system of government and administration, including municipalities, which will require, apparently, a full-scale reform. The introduction of the “public authority” category, which combines both state and municipal authorities, will allow the system to link previously ungoverned municipalities, and in conjunction with the legislation on municipal control and a reduction in the number of municipalities, will make municipalities part of the overall development system of the country.
3) The introduction of General principles of interaction between public authorities at all levels from the position of unity of power and following in its activities the goals of state regulation on basic national tasks, taking into account territorial, situational and factor characteristics.
4) An increase in the role of systemic political institutions and, above all, political parties.
There is an expected announcement this summer of the Kremlin changing its direction in foreign policy. There are rumors surrounding Russia distancing from China to a certain degree. Such indicators are a close ally of Putin, Oleg Deripaska, publicly demanding punishment and further inquiry of China, not only because of the coronavirus pandemic, but also China’s failure to meet its obligations under the Paris Accord. Putin is staying his course and agenda.