Russian voters have approved, by a large majority, the constitutional amendments that allow President Vladimir Putin to run for two additional terms, according to the first results of the referendum. This package of constitutional amendments allows, among other measures, Putin to extend his presence in the Kremlin until 2036.
On July 1, Russian citizens voted for amendments to the Constitution. More than 70% of voters supported the proposed amendments, while more than 20% opposed them. Voting was held remotely from June 25 until Wednesday. Physical voting also took place on Wednesday.
On July 1st, Russian citizens will go to vote on the amendments to the Russian Constitution proposed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The ballot will include only yes or no questions. However, the details of the changes are not provided for the voters on the day of the vote.
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Russia participated in the “Normandy format” talks that were hosted by Germany on Friday. The negotiations lasted the whole day. Representatives from France, Germany, Russia, and Ukraine participated at the summit, which was held in Berlin. The Normandy Format Talks were created in 2014, after Crimea’s annexation by Russia.
Wednesday produced a big victory for Vladimir Putin. After counting more than 98 percent of the vote, a majority of Russians voted in favor of the proposed changes to the country’s constitution. Opposition leader Alexei Navalny has said he does not recognize the results of the referendum and will protest.