Putin's plan to stay in power

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  1. RickDeckard

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    So, the Russian constitution has a 2-term presidential limit. Vlad initially won the Presidency in 2000 and served two terms. To skirt the issue, he made himself PM for one term and appointed a toady (Medvedev) as President - before having another go and serving a further two terms. The latter of these ends in 2024 so he's faced with the problem again. What to do?

    Apparently, what to do is to amend the constitution via a referendum to severely limit the power of the Presidency and to transfer power to the legislative branch, before presumably becoming PM again. Or he could stay on in another capacity.

    Good idea, eh?

    Link.
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    nice work if you can get it!
  3. Quest

    Quest Liberty and Justice Staff Member Administrator

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    Gosh, who could have foreseen that an authoritarian leader with autocratic ambitions would attempt to manipulate the system to remain in power indefinitely. :waiting:
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  4. Lanzman

    Lanzman Vast, Cool and Unsympathetic Formerly Important

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    He's trying to provide a positive role model for Trump.
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  5. Tuttle

    Tuttle Listen kid, we're all in it together.

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    Good thing Mr. "I'll be more flexible after the election" is no longer president to introduce an actual risk of corruption, enabling and accommodation in the face of autocrat Putin's predictable power grab.
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  6. Tererun

    Tererun Troll princess and Magical Girl

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    Well that was something that was said.
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  7. Order2Chaos

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    Right? Why risk corruption when you can be guaranteed it?!
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    Man Afraid of his Shoes كافر

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    Not to Putin though.
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    Tererun Troll princess and Magical Girl

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    I am pretty sure @Tuttle has to pledge his allegiance to Puttin through the Trump lead human centipede.
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  10. Bickendan

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    What the fuck are you talking about?
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  11. spot261

    spot261 I don't want the game to end

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    Wasn't just me then?
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  13. Chris

    Chris Anime Protagonist

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    It was my understanding that Putin would probably like to step down, but he is not the master of his own destiny. Russia isn't the Soviet Union and Putin isn't Stalin; he's aligned with powerful oligarchs who use their wealth to control the country. He is no puppet, but he is clearly the head of a dangerous coalition. I believe he's still in power because his oligarchic allies greatly prefer his leadership and stewardship of their wealth over anyone else's.

    I just picked up Catherine Belton's "Putin's People", I'll let you know more once I've finished it.
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    How altruistic of Putin to stay in power to keep the oligarchs in check...
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  15. Chris

    Chris Anime Protagonist

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    That's the opposite of what I said.
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    Was meant to be sarcastic.
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    FWIW, it seemed pretty clearly sarcastic to me. :shrug:
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    14thDoctor Listen here, Jack

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