With a new law that allows Vladimir Putin to remain in power until 2036, the stage is now set for the leader to run for two more terms. That move, which was made possible from a constitutional amendments referendum in 2020, enables Putin to become the longest leader in the country since Peter the Great.
Critics and opponents of the new legislation say that it allows him to become president for life.
Although Putin puts on an outward appearance of being a democratically elected leader, it would be fair to call him more of an authoritarian president. He’s already been in power for 20 years, and now he could be in office until the age of 83. He assumed to the role of the presidency in 1999 after serving as a KGB operative.
Putin Has Becoming Increasingly Aggressive on Multiple Fronts
Although Putin has made headlines in 2021 because of the country’s treatment of Alexei Navalny, Russia’s government has been more aggressive on multiple domestic and international fronts.
They have been waging interference campaigns in American elections, actively involved in conflict with Kremlin-backed separatists in Ukraine, and even built-up military assets along the border.
There’s an active effort to reinforce the Arctic region as global warming brings the potential for opening new sea lanes.
Biden called Putin a “killer” during a March interview, to which Putin said that when someone calls you a name, that’s really who they are.”
The 1999 Russian bombings of an apartment complex were what brought Putin to power initially. Although his role has changed over the years, he has remained in power throughout the entire time.
With this new law, there is nothing that stands in the way of Putin staying in charge for at least two more six-year terms.