RUSSIAN CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS, 2020

RUSSIAN CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS, 2020

  • Mr. Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, was supposed to have his term ended in the year 2024.
  • The Duma (Russian Parliament) approved an amendment that gave a clean slate to the previous presidential terms of Vladimir Putin.
  • This will allow him to stay in power till 2036 if he wins the 2024 elections.
  • According to the Russian spokesperson, they could make amendments as long as the basic principle of the constitution is not changed.
  • The Duma also banned gay marriage.
  • The Amendment provided that any important official such as the president, prime minister, etc cannot hold foreign citizenship or a residence permit in other nations.
  • In this amendment Russian laws were given more importance than international laws.
  • These amendments were to be put to a vote on 22nd April 2020 but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this has been shifted to 1st July 2020.

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