Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law allowing him to remain in office for two more six years – a move that means he can stay in power until 2036

If Putin stays in power through 2036, his tenure will even surpass that of Joseph Stalin, who ruled the Soviet Union for 29 years, making him the longest-serving leader in the country since the Russian Empire

Mr Putin was President twice from 2000 to 2008 and from 2012 to 2012 and was de facto Chairman from 2008 to 2012

Last year, Putin signed additional laws granting former presidents a lifelong seat on the Federation Council or Senate, a position that ensured immunity from prosecution when leaving the presidency

The 68-year-old Russian president, who has held power for more than two decades, said he would decide later whether to run in 2024 when his current six-year term ends

The constitutional vote on 1 July contained a provision with which Putin’s previous term limits were reset so that he could run for president twice more

The change has been stamped by the Kremlin-controlled legislature, and the relevant law, signed by Putin, was posted on an official legal information portal on Monday

Mr Putin has argued that resetting the term count was necessary to keep his lieutenants focused on their work, rather than “keeping their eyes on finding possible successors”

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The constitutional amendments also emphasized the primacy of Russian law over international norms, banned same-sex marriages and mentioned “a belief in God” as a core value

Nearly 78 percent of voters approved the constitutional amendments during the one-week vote, which took place on Jan. July was completed The turnout was 68 percent

The opposition criticized the constitutional vote on the grounds that it was tarnished by widespread reports of voter pressure and other irregularities, as well as a lack of transparency and obstacles that hinder independent surveillance

“They really believe that if they have succeeded in deceiving the laws of nature they can deceive the laws of nature,” wrote opposition politician Yevgeny Roizman on Twitter

According to associate professor Alexei Muraviev, who wrote in The Conversation, he thought it likely Putin did, despite Putin saw his ratings drop sharply to a six-year low of 35 percent in the Levada polls last year do not sign in response to a decline in public confidence

First, there are no immediate successors in sight. As public confidence in Putin has declined in recent years, polls suggest that public support for Putin’s allies is still significantly lower

Second, the attempt to possibly stay in power could be driven by the immediate need to provide support to volatile Russian markets that collapsed after the collapse of talks between Russia and OPEC over oil production cuts

Professor Muraviev writes: “The logic is simple: by pointing out that he may stay, Putin seeks to reassure investors that Russia is unlikely to fall back into internal political turmoil”

Third, another effect of Putin’s 20-year term in office is that the Russian electorate sees no hope in the opposition

Professor Muraviev writes: “For most Russians, Putin is linked to the country’s rise as a great power, the revival of its military power and the stabilization of the economy compared to the volatility of the 1990s”

The leading opposition figure in Russia, Alexey Navalny, launched a series of anti-corruption investigations into numbers within Putin’s party, but his popular support base remained low at 3 percent in the 2017-20 polls

44-year-old Navalny was arrested in January after returning from Germany, where he was recovering for five months from nerve agent poisoning on charges of the Kremlin. Russian authorities have denied the allegation

In February, Mr Navalny was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for violating the conditions of his parole while he was recovering in Germany

The verdict comes from a 2014 embezzlement conviction, which Navalny rejected as fabricated – and which the European Court of Human Rights has declared unlawful

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