Another President for life?
While the world is preoccupied with bigger issues Russian President Vladimir Putin is making power moves.
Earlier in the week, Russia's high court approved constitutional changes that seemed well thought out - with something for everybody.
Tell me about these changes
14 amendments in total were proposed, some of which are:
For Lawmakers: Increased decision making powers and increasing the weight of the Russian Constitution - it should take precedence over international law.
For those seeking power: Presidential candidates must live in Russia for at least 25 years (currently 10 years), persons who hold "important positions for ensuring the country's security" (President, Ministers, judges, heads of regions) should not have foreign citizenship or a residence permit in other countries, either at the time of their work in office or, in the case of the President, at any time before.
For citizens: A pay bump for those at the bottom. With the minimum wage and pension being increased to reflect the cost of living.
For whoever is president: A removal of the term limit ( currently three terms) and reset of the term count.
Putin who clocked 20 years in leadership of Russia last year has been in a leadership role since 1999 – twice as PM and three other times as president. His current term is up in 2024. This means he gets to rule indefinitely if he keeps running and winning - which is what has always happened.
Now that the high court gave its blessing, it's left to voters who would hit the polls next month to decide whether to give it the green light.
What are people in Russia saying:
Some are praising Putin, citing that he "raised Russia from its knees", while others (mostly opposition) are furious, and have tried organizing a mass rally, however, in times such as this most people would rather stay indoors.