Global Affairs: Eternal Russia, Vulnerable Russia

The new Constitution offers insights into Vladimir Putin's plans for himself and his country

The people of Russia are going to the polls this week not to elect a new leader - President Vladimir Putin's current mandate runs for another four years - but, rather, in order to change the Russian Constitution so that Mr Putin can continue to be re-elected for decades to come.

The outcome of the referendum is not in doubt: Printed copies of the new version of the Constitution with all the proposed amendments included have already gone on sale in Moscow's bookshops.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 29, 2020, with the headline 'Eternal Russia, Vulnerable Russia'. Print Edition | Subscribe