The President of the Russian Federation said that the Constitution allows him to do this
Putin explained his position on the presidential elections in Russia in 2024 / Photo: Collage: Today
Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to the American media on the sidelines of Russian Energy Week. Haley Gamble, an American TV presenter for CNBC, first asked about her successor. The text version was published on the Kremlin website.
“I would like to ask, every CEO always thinks about who will be his successor. What do you think of your successor “, – she began a conversation.
Hayley Gamble wondered if is Vladimir Putin really going to be president until he is 84.
How long is it allowed to be president in Russia?
Recall that last summer, Russia held a referendum on amendments to the Constitution, one of which nullified all presidential terms of Putin, who has been in power for more than 20 years.
At the same time, in Russia, it is legally allowed to be president for no more than two terms. But with new amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation, which were approved by the Russian State Duma, Vladimir Putin could run twice for president again in 2024 and 2030… Thus, the current Russian president will be able to register in the Kremlin until he is 84.
And how old is Putin in general
Vladimir Putin celebrated his birthday in October 2021 69 years old… At the end of his fourth presidential term, the Russian president will be 72.
By comparison, Joe Biden, born in 1942, became President of the United States at the age of 78. And being in power until 84 years old sounds a bit too much even for the communists in the USSR, where a number of leaders were considered at that time to be old enough for such a position. For example, Leonid Brezhnev died at the age of 75, Yuri Andropov at 69, and Konstantin Chernenko at 73.
What is Putin up to
As a result, Vladimir Putin did not give the TV presenter a direct answer “yes” or “no”, but expressed his opinion about his possibility to go to the polls again.
“No, I prefer not to answer such questions, this is my traditional answer. There is still a lot of time before the next elections. Conversations on this topic are destabilizing the situation. The situation must be calm and stable so that all government bodies, all state structures work confidently and calmly look into the future. Yes, the Constitution allows me to do this, to run for the next term, but no decisions have been made on this matter yet. “– he declared.
When asked about a successor as the next President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin said nothing, and the American presenter translated the topic by talking about the Middle East.
Recall that Vladimir Putin has ruled the country since 1999. According to the Russian Levada Center, as of July 2021, 35% expressed dissatisfaction with the President of the Russian Federation. And 44% of Russians believe that Russia is moving in the wrong direction. The level of dissatisfaction with Vladimir Putin is breaking records. In 2015, as reported by the Public Opinion Foundation, 85% of Russian citizens trusted the Russian head of state.