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Explained: What is the new Russian legislation that allows Vladimir Putin to remain in power until 2036?

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a legislation on Monday clearing the way for him to , when he will be 83 years old. Since 1999, sixty-eight-year-old Putin has continuously been in power, either as prime minister or president — from August 9, 1999, to May 7, 2000, as Prime Minister; May 7, 2000, to May 7, 2008, as President; May 7, 2008, to May 7, 2012, as Prime Minister again; and since May 7, 2012, as President. He was re-elected in March 2018 for another six-year term, which expires in 2024. The former KGB officer has run the country for more than 20 years, which is the longest time a leader has been in power since Soviet authoritarian leader Joseph Stalin, who was the Secretary-General of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1922-1953) and the premier of the Soviet Union from 1941-1953. Before this legislation was signed, a President could serve a maximum of two six-year terms. But now Putin has given himself the chance to serve two more six-year terms.........Read more

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