2 Jul 2020

Russia backs reforms to keep President Putin in power until 2036

Foreign Affairs Correspondent

In Russia – nearly 78 percent of voters have handed President Putin the right to stay in power until the age of 83.  The proposal allowing him to stand for another two terms had already been approved by the Russian parliament.

But opposition figures called the vote a constitutional coup, with numerous reports of multiple voting  – while state media preferred to focus on other constitutional changes, including boosts to pensions and the minimum wage.