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Vladimir Putin To Continue In Power until 2036

BY: Suzann Abraham

For the past few months, Putin has been facing immense pressure to keep

his power. For the past two years, his approval rating has been suffering and

this pandemic isn’t helping him in any way. Five years ago, his approval rate

was at 85%. This past February it was 69% and in May it just 59%. This is the

lowest and most dramatic decrease that Putin has ever faced. Public opinion

was angered by the collapse of oil prices, economic crises, and pension


His decision to introduce constitutional changes angered many, including

many of his supporters. These changes would allow him to remain in power

until 2036. His constitutional changes are focused on conservative

ideology, social welfare and institutions. In terms of conservative ideology, it

will protect things such as the truth of the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945) and

the institution of marriage being the union of a man and woman. In social

welfare, it would cause pensions to be index-linked and to maintain

“responsible” behavior to animals. Lastly, to institutions, this would allow a

person to hold presidency for two terms (replacing two consecutive terms).

This means that Putin’s previous terms will not count. His current term ends

in 2024. So far, he is the longest-serving Russian leader since Josef Stalin.

Putin had made several efforts to regain the public’s favor for him. For

example, he conducted a national address where he unveiled a monument in

honour of Soviet soldiers. “We are going to vote for the country where we

want to live, with cutting-edge education and health care, a reliable system

of social protection and an effective government accountable to the people.

We are going to vote for a country to the benefit of which we have been

working and which we would like to pass on to our children and

grandchildren,” he said during this national address.

Once the voting period was over, results revealed that voter turnout was 65%

and 77.9% voted in favour of the amendments while 21.2% voted against it.

Some votes were online and others were from abroad. A Russian cosmonaut

even voted from the International Space Station.

There were many accusations of fraud and “irregularities.” However, the

electoral commission denied these claims by ensuring the public that they

had taken measures to prevent double voting and voter lists are checked and


He still hasn’t verified or released any statements on whether he will continue

in presidency until 2036. Until then, viewers, citizens of Russia, and the whole

world will have to wait until he reveals his plans.

*All arguments made and viewpoints expressed within Youth In Politics and its nominal entities do not necessarily reflect the views of the writers or the organization as a whole.


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