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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