Russia Current Affairs - 2020

77.95% Russians Voted in Favour of Constitutional Amendment, Putin can lead Russia until 2036

Constitutional Referendum as proposed by the President of Russia Vladimir Putin during his address to the Federal Assembly on 15th January 2020 was held from 25th June to 1st July 2020. As per the votes during the Referendum, 77.95 percent of Russian citizens have voted in support of the Amendments to the 1993 Constitution of Russia. Only 21.23 percent of the Russian Citizens voted against the Amendments.

Vladimir Putin can lead Russia until 2036

Vladimir Putin’s current term as the President of Russia ends in 2024. In the State Duma (Russian Parliament), Putin submitted the list of 14 draft amendments that will be changed under the 1993 Constitution of Russia. For introducing these amendments, he called for a nationwide referendum or a national vote. Apart from these, in 2020, 5 new Articles were added and 41 existing Articles have been already been rewritten in the Russian Constitution.

As per one of the amendments, the term of the current (Vladimir Putin) and former (Dmitry Medvedev from 2008-2012) President of Russia will be reset or counted from 0 from 2024 so that either of them can be elected as the President again in 2024. At present, a person can serve as the President of Russia for a maximum of two consecutive terms. A term of the President of Russia is of 6 years.

Vladimir Putin’s second consecutive term (from 2012-2018, 2018-2024) would have ended in 2024, but now with a clear majority of the Russian’s having opted for the Constitutional Amendments, Putin can remain as the President of Russia until 2036.

Vote for Constitutional Reforms begins as Putin looks to lead Russia until 2036

On 25th June 2020, Voting for Constitutional Reforms in Russia had begun amid the outbreak of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The voting was originally scheduled to be conducted on 22nd April 2020 had to be rescheduled to 1st July 2020 following the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Russia. In order to maintain social distancing and prevent any sort of overcrowding, the polling stations were opened a week earlier.

About the Constitutional Reforms

Vladimir Putin’s current term as the President of Russia ends in 2024. On 15th January 2020, President Putin during his annual address to the Federal Assembly has announced amendments to 14 articles under the 1993 Constitution of Russia. For introducing these amendments, he called for a nationwide referendum or a national vote.

As per the amendments, the term of the current (Vladimir Putin) and former (Dmitry Medvedev from 2008-2012) President of Russia will be reset or counted from 0 from 2024 so that either of them can be elected as the President again in 2024. At present, a person can serve as the President of Russia for a maximum of two consecutive terms. A term of the President of Russia is of 6 years.