Petrov: The scale of the reform was absolutely surprising. It will make Putin’s position comfortable enough to not be opposed

PONARS Eurasia
26 Jun 2020

(Euronews) Russia is set to hold a July 1 referendum that could see President Vladimir Putin stay in power until 2036. The vote will be over whether to accept constitution changes that would allow Putin to run for another two presidential terms. The proposed changes to the country's 1993 constitution were revealed in January and backed by Russia's parliament, the State Duma, in March. [...]

"The scale of the reform was absolutely surprising," said Nikolay Petrov, a senior research fellow for the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House in London. Many of the reforms involve transforming "the political system in a way which will make Putin’s position comfortable enough to not be opposed by any other strong institutions," Petrov added. [...]

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