Vladimir Putin signs an order that will officially change the Russian constitution so that he can remain in power until 2036
- The 67-year-old Putin signed an implementing decision on Friday that officially changes the Russian constitution
- Rules allow him to run for two more six years and stay in power until 2036
- The changes will take effect from tomorrow, according to the order
- Comes after Putin claimed victory, widely believed to have been manipulated
Vladimir Putin has signed the legislative changes to the Russian constitution, allowing him to remain in power until 2036.
The 67-year-old Russian president issued his name in an execution order on Friday, bringing the changes into effect on Saturday.
It comes after he claimed victory in a referendum on the issue with 78 percent of the vote, amid charges of widespread voting fraud.
Vladimir Putin has officially signed an order amending Russia’s constitution so that he can run for two more years for six years, with the change taking effect from tomorrow
Sergey Shpilkin, a renowned independent election researcher from Russia, estimated that as many as 20 million ballots cast on Wednesday were forged.
During the last presidential election, he estimated that 10 million votes had been falsified, indicating the potential size of the operation.
“The changes will take effect. They come into effect, without exaggerating, at the will of the people, “Putin said after signing the order.
“We made these important decisions together as a country.”
In addition to extending Putin’s terms, the changes will ban same-sex marriage and mention “faith in God as a core value” in Russian society.
The new constitution will also emphasize the importance of Russian laws over all international laws.
Putin proposed to amend the constitution in January and insisted that the language on his suitability for the office and other subjects be put to a national vote.
It comes after he declared victory in a referendum, which is widely believed to have been faked, showing that 78 percent of Russians supported the movement (photo, people protest the change)
The vote was not required by law because the changes had already been approved by parliament and stamped by the country’s Constitutional Court.
The citizens’ vote was initially scheduled for April 22, but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The vote was finalized on Wednesday amid widespread reports of pressure on voters and other irregularities, including ballots.
Analysis showed that multiple areas reported a turnout of nearly 100 percent. The higher the turnout, the more likely the ballots would approve the changes – which strongly suggests that ‘yes’ ballots were added to the boxes.
Kremlin critics denounced the results of the plebiscite as false and undermined the legitimacy of the amendments.
Central Electoral Commission Chair Ella Pamfilova rejected the allegations on Friday, saying the results of the vote are “authentic” and their legitimacy “unquestionable”.
“The vote was conducted with the utmost transparency,” she said.
Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of the State Duma, Russia’s lower house, said on Friday that legislators would start work on bills to implement the changes immediately, without taking their traditional summer vacation.
Putin mocks the US pride flag embassy when he bans same-sex marriage
Russian President Vladimir Putin mocked a rainbow LGBT pride flag hanging at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow on Friday, suggesting it reflects the diplomats’ sexual orientation.
During a video conference on television, a legislator told Putin that the U.S. Embassy had hung a rainbow flag on the facade for the first time to celebrate Pride Month in June.
“Who works in this building?” Putin asked the speaker, Senator Alexei Pushkov, to hear “Americans.”
Vladimir Putin suggests that US diplomats in Moscow “revealed something about themselves” by hanging a rainbow flag outside the embassy to celebrate pride
“Let them celebrate. They showed something about the people who work there, ”he added with a smile.
Putin signed changes to the constitution on Friday, supported by a national vote, including a clause on marriage between a man and a woman, which aims to prevent the legalization of gay unions.
However, the president said on Friday that Russia does not discriminate against people on the basis of sexual orientation.
He said that a law banning the promotion of homosexual relationships to minors, which he signed in 2013 into a storm of international conviction, is only intended to prevent such relationships from being “shaken up” on children.