JRL NEWSWATCH: “Kremlin Opens Door to Changing Constitution as Succession Looms” – Bloomberg/ Henry Meyer

File Photo of Vladimir Putin at Podium with United Russia Logo, Gesturing

“The Kremlin raised the possibility of changing Russia’s Constitution after a top lawmaker proposed bolstering parliament’s powers, in a move that could help to extend … Putin’s rule. … constitutional amendments, including allowing parliament a say in forming the government, received ‘a widespread response’ and are ‘a matter for discussion,’ Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters …. Putin in 2024 must step down as president to avoid violating a constitutional ban on more than two consecutive terms. File Photo of Vladimir Lenin and Joseph StalinWhile he’s previously ruled out changing the constitution to remain as president, advisers are examining ways to effectively prolong his grip on power … already the longest since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. …”

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