MOSCOW (AP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed a law allowing him to retain power until 2036, a move that marks a constitutional amendment approved by a vote last year.
The July 1 constitutional vote included a provision that restores Putin’s previous powers, allowing him to run for president twice more. The amendment was rubber-stamped by the Kremlin-controlled legislature, and the relevant law, signed by Putin, was posted on the official legal information portal on Monday.
The 68-year-old president of Russia, who has been in power for more than two decades. Longer than any other Kremlin leader since Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin has said he will decide later whether to run in 2024, when he is in office for six years. ends:
He argues that the resumption of the deadline was necessary to make his lieutenants focus on their work, rather than “restraining their eyes in search of possible successors”.
The constitutional amendments emphasized the supremacy of Russian law over international norms, and forbade same-sex marriage, with “faith in God” as the “core value.” Almost 78% of voters approved the constitutional amendments in a week-long vote, which ended on July 1. The turnout was 68%.
After the vote, Russian lawmakers methodically amended national legislation to approve the relevant laws.
The opposition criticized the constitutional vote, arguing that it was marred by reports of pressure on voters and other irregularities, as well as a lack of transparency and obstacles to independent observation.
A few months after the vote, Russia jailed the country’s most prominent opposition figure, Alexei Navalny.
Navalny, 44, was arrested in January after returning from Germany, where he recovered five months after being poisoned by a nerve agent he blames on the Kremlin. Russian authorities have denied the allegations.
In February, Navalny was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for violating probation during his recovery in Germany. The verdict follows a 2014 conviction for kidnapping, which Navalny rejected as fabricated, which the European Court of Human Rights ruled illegal.
His team says Navalny lost a lot of weight even before he went on hunger strike on Wednesday, complaining to the authorities about not providing proper treatment for back and leg pain.
Navalny complained that prison officials did not provide him with proper medication and that he was allowed to see his doctor. He also complained about his inspections carried out by the guards at night, saying that they constituted sleep deprivation.
In an Instagram post on Monday, Navalny said that three out of 15 people in his room in the penitentiary had been diagnosed with tuberculosis. He noted that he has a strong fever of 38.1 Celsius (100.6 Fahrenheit).
Later on Monday, the Izvestia newspaper published a statement from the State Penitentiary Service stating that Navalny had been taken to the prison colony’s sanitation department after an examination revealed that he had “signs of a respiratory illness, including high fever. “
In an Acerbic note, Navalny says that he and the other prisoners have studied the TB Prevention Notice, which emphasizes the need to strengthen immunity through a balanced diet.