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Russia Considers Constitution Changes as Putin Faces Term Limits

  • Speaker of parliament suggests discussing amendments
  • Analysts see Kremlin effort to allow Putin to extend rule
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Russia Considers Changing Constitution

The speaker of Russia’s parliament raised the possibility of changing the constitution as speculation grows that the Kremlin is considering ways to allow President Vladimir Putin to remain in power beyond the end of his current term, when current law requires him to step down.

“This is about the transfer of power,” said Gleb Pavlovsky, a political analyst and former Kremlin aide. “Putin encourages this game, dropping ambiguous hints.”