President Vladimir Putin made that can run for another term in case if they adopted the relevant amendments to the Constitution. The head of state stressed that he had not made a decision on this issue. Putin also noted that if the amendments to the Constitution are not adopted, at many levels of government instead of steady work will begin “the roving eyes” in search of likely successors.

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Russian leader Vladimir Putin admitted that might again nominate his candidacy for the presidency, if they adopted the relevant amendments to the Constitution. He told this in an interview with Paul Zarubino for the film “Russia. The Kremlin. Putin” on TV channel “Russia 1”.

“I haven’t decided yet. I do not exclude the possibility that — if this occurs in the Constitution, is to run. View. We’ll see,” said the head of state.

Meanwhile, Putin told, what might be the consequences if the amendments will not be accepted.

“You know, I say absolutely frankly: if it is not, two years later, I know that from experience already, instead of the normal, rhythmical work on so many levels of government will start the roving eyes in search for possible successors,” said the President, adding that “we have to work, and not successors to look.”

Recall, January 15, Vladimir Putin in his annual address to the Federal Assembly introduced a series of constitutional amendments on social and political issues. Speaking about the initiatives concerning the activities of the President, he, in particular, suggested to include in the Constitution the requirement that persons applying for the presidential seat: they must live in Russia for at least 25 years and not have foreign citizenship.

In addition, the leader of the country proposed to request the state Duma not only approval, but also approval of the Prime Minister. The President will not be entitled to reject the approved candidate, and the appointment of heads of law enforcement agencies the head of state should carry out after consultation with the Federation Council. He also proposed to strengthen the role of the constitutional court, giving him the right to request the President to review the constitutionality of draft laws and other documents. At the same time, Putin noted that Russia will remain a presidential Republic — President shall retain the right to dismiss the Prime Minister and the government. The President also said that the package of amendments will be put to a nationwide vote.

Later, the Deputy from “United Russia” Valentina Tereshkova offered to amend the basic law, abolishing restrictions on the number of presidential terms, or to accept the amendment, which will allow the incumbent after the entry into force of the new Constitution to participate in elections to this post. Vladimir Putin, commenting on the proposal, said that this is possible only if the initiative will support citizens. He also added that this issue should be assessed by the constitutional court.

On 16 March the constitutional court (CC) upheld the proposed amendments to the Constitution. In particular, this applies to ban the same person to hold the office of President more than two terms. The number of terms the incumbent will not be considered. The COP considered that, since the changes approved in the vote, this gives the constitutional legitimacy of this item.

Press Secretary of Russian leader Dmitry Peskov explained that Putin’s participation in presidential elections, scheduled for 2024, will depend on a number of factors, such as the situation in the global economy, the effects of coronavirus and regional conflicts.

“The situation in the world is well known, it is very turbulent, if not extremely turbulent. In such difficult years, some countries took a decision on the possibility for the incumbent to remain and continue on his way,” — said Peskov.

Also Vladimir Putin during a meeting with members of the public of Crimea in March, saying the amendments clarified that we are not talking about changing the basic law.

“We’re not changing the Constitution, we are there only add-ons. 1, 2, 9-I Chapter do not change, which are the Foundation of the Constitution itself, which reflects fundamental rights of citizens, but nevertheless life goes on and forward and technologically, and politically, our society is changing, society has become more Mature, more demanding,” he said.


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A nationwide vote was scheduled for 22 April, but later in connection with the threat of the spread of coronavirus has been postponed to a later date. During the meeting with the working group 1 June, Putin said that the vote on the amendments to the Constitution will be held on July 1.

The head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova also said that the Ministry was not against the vote of July 1, in compliance with epidemiological standards of safety.

In connection with the vote this day in Russia will be announced this weekend.

It is worth noting that on 12 June during the solemn ceremony devoted to Day of Russia, on Poklonnaya hill in Moscow, Putin said that Russians are the absolute values are respect for the inextricable centuries-old history, traditions and culture, as well as preserving the memory of ancestors, honoring parents, families, love for their land and the inviolability of Russian borders.

The President stressed that these foundations determine the nature and fate of the Russian people, the development of the country today and in the future.

“And therefore it is natural that so often there were proposals to make these fundamental, core principles in the Constitution of Russia. I am convinced that this position is shared and supported by the vast majority of our citizens”, — said Putin.

The President also expressed hope that citizens will take an active part in the voting on amendments to the Constitution. He recalled that we are talking about the basic law that will define fundamental legal safeguards, as well as principles of relations with international partners of Russia.