The Russian president’s bill allowing him to carry out two additional terms in particular was accepted on Monday by the Constitutional Court. Putin therefore signed the bill that would keep him in power for another 16 years.
Critics call this decision a coup at a time when the coronavirus is making mass protests impossible.
The court has published on its website the judgment in which it considers that the reform project is in good conformity with the law. The Court added that it had sent this decision to the Kremlin.
The text has yet to be definitively approved in a “popular vote” scheduled for April 22. Despite concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic, this date is currently maintained.
The bill contains nearly 400 changes to the Russian constitution; among them an amendment which would relaunch the counting of the presidential mandates of Putin. Under current law, the Russian leader must leave office in 2024. If approved, new legislation would place him for two more six-year terms, which could keep him in power until 2036.
The bill would also strengthen the presidency, ban gay marriage in Russia and list “belief in God” as a key value for Russia.