Russia’s referendum could keep Vladimir Putin in power until 2036. What do high-ranking Russians think?

01 Jul 2020

(Monkey Cage) Russians vote today on constitutional amendments that would allow President Vladimir Putin to remain in office until the year 2036, thanks to changes to Russia’s presidential term limits. Putin recently justified these reforms as necessary to prevent a disruptive succession struggle.

Is his plan working? Not entirely, according to data from the Survey of Russian Elites (SRE). As lame ducks go, Putin is now a little less lame than before, but only in some ways. [...]

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Co-author: Sharon Werning Rivera