Law of the Week: President Putin signs bill potentially enabling him to remain president until 2036

Week-ending 9 April 2021

This week President Putin, who is currently serving his fourth term as president of Russia, signed into force a law that allows him to stand for reelection two more times – in 2024 and 2030.


RFE/RL, 5 April 2021: Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a controversial bill that opens the door for him to potentially remain in power until 2036. The bill, which was recently approved by the lower and upper chambers of parliament, aligns the election laws with constitutional changes approved by voters last year. One of the constitutional changes resets Putin’s term-limit clock to zero, allowing him to seek reelection when his current term expires in 2024, and again in 2030 if he wishes.

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