By Stefan J. Bos, Special Correspondent Worthy News
Russia has begun a week-long vote on constitutional reforms that could allow President Vladimir Putin to rule until 2036.
The delayed referendum was held amid concerns among critics of possible vote-rigging. Voting was scheduled for July 1, but authorities said they were opening polling stations earlier to prevent overcrowding in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Russians cast ballots a day after veterans in their nineties joined President Vladimir Putin for an extensive 75th anniversary Victory Day parade as if social distancing and facemasks were never invented.Proposed amendments to be voted on include a change in the Russian Constitution that would allow the 67-year-old Putin to run for two more six-year terms after his current one expires in 2024.
He has already ruled Russia for over two decades but believes he is still needed to move Russia forward. Other changes would include improving social benefits, define marriage as a union of a man and a woman, and redistribute executive powers within the government, strengthening the presidency.
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