The Fall of Freedom
Rohit Deshpande -
On 2nd July, this year, President Putin of Russia announced the results of a referendum. About 76% votes approved the referendum, passing it without a hitch. This referendum among other things allows Putin to run for election for the presidency for 2 more terms. To understand how this works, let us take a look at the russian constitution.
According to the russian constitution, presidents’ are restricted to three terms and only allow for one consecutive reelection. Meaning that after two terms, Putin would have to wait for 4 years before running for president again. Which is exactly what happened in 2008, when Putin became the prime minister, allowing his handpicked successor Dmytri Medvedev to be elected to the presidency.