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Russian government resigns, announces PM Medvedev, following President Putin’s State-of-the-Nation Address

Russian government resigns, announces PM Medvedev, following President Putin’s State-of-the-Nation Address

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  1. Reuters, earlier today: President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday proposed a nationwide vote on sweeping constitutional changes that would shift power from the presidency to parliament and the prime minister, a move that could allow him to extend his rule after leaving the Kremlin.

  2. So basically, Putin cannot be president again until he has been out of office for one term (only two straight terms allowed) . Also, he is aware that the voting public is going through voting fatigue for him so, he will take it out of their hands and instead do this:

    Give Parliament (the Duma) the ability to assign a prime minister, who coincidently will have new powers that will supersede the President. Additionally, the Prime Minister will select the executive cabinet. The President will now have no say in selecting his own cabinet.

    Now, after Putin’s term is through (marking the end of his second consecutive term as President, he will be selected by the Duma (Parliament) to be Prime Minister with his new powers, select his own cabinet and rule over Russia again while the duly elected president sits idly by and watches the country be ruled by Tsar Putin.

    This is how you engineer lifetime rule. Lol, Tsar Putin the first.

  3. What a coincidence that Putin can’t legally run for President again in 2024.. I wonder what he’ll do? Maybe become the prime minister which now will come with his old powers? hmm

  4. Somewhat complete list of statements about constitution changes from the speech translated by me. Sorry for my terrible English.

    * The constitution should have priority over international law
    * Senators, ministers, judges shouldn’t have citizenship or living permit of the foreign states
    * Same goes for presidential candidates, but they also have to live at least 25 years in Russia
    * A living wage shouldn’t be higher than minimal salary and this should be added to the constitution
    * State Council should also be added to the constitution
    * Parliament rather than a president appoints a prime minister and a vice-prime minister
    * President still should control military and police
    * Military and police heads should be appointed only after discussing them with the parliament
    * Parliament should be able to vote to remove any judge from Supreme Court and Constitutional Court if the president requests it (edited)
    * Constitutional Court should be able to check any law proposed by parliament if the president asks for it
    * Changes should be accepted only after nationwide voting

    Missed from the previous edit. Now it’s a complete list.

    * Remove “in a row” from the president’s terms limit. Just limit it with 2 terms. (Said as probability, not as fact)
    * Add the hierarchy and structure of the local authorities to the constitution and expand their powers (thanks to u/st_Paulus)

    [Source on Russian.](https://www.rbc.ru/politics/15/01/2020/5e1edc4b9a7947b76365f97a)

  5. Perhaps most important is Putin proposing that Russia should only follow international law if it falls in line with the Russian Constitution. He can easily shift control and blame onto others with just a few small tweaks. He won’t live forever but he’s ensuring Russia will always be ran by 30+yr despots.

  6. I think they have term limits of two consecutive presidency terms, so Putin has done this before where he goes to the PMs office, waits a term, then runs for president again. He doesn’t want to be lame duck for a term, so he’s beefing up the PMs powers.

    The cabinet is probably looking at this for what it is and doesn’t want any part of it, or they’re being shown the door. Mendvedev, Putin, and crew have grown fabulously wealthly doing this dance. As long as they stay out of the way Putin and his troll captain and oil minister, Igor Sechin, won’t get them arrested for tax evasion or some other trumped up but probably true charge. They’ll have dirt on every cabinet member.

    Highly recommend reading Blowout. It talks about the Russian politics wrt oil and the US.

  7. Fun fact for the uninformed: Medvedev is Putin’s close buddy, both attended the same university.

    Medvedev served as prime minister of Russia between 2012 and 2020. From 2008 to 2012, Medvedev served as president of Russia.

    Putin served as the president of Russia since 2012, previously holding the position from 2000 until 2008. In between his presidential terms, he was also the prime minister of Russia under President Dmitry Medvedev.

    This shuffle was just to get around term limits. In September 2019, Putin’s administration also interfered with the results of Russia’s nationwide regional elections, and manipulated it by eliminating all candidates in the opposition.

    **In short, Putin has been effectively in control since about 1999.** (Potentially as early as 1996 since he was the head of the KGB/FSB.)

  8. This was expected and will continue to happen as long as Putin is alive. Pretty sure he never retires and just bounces things back and forth until he dies of old age.

    Trump is wondering how he can do this with McConnell.

  9. I’m scared to be honest. Are we seriously doing this right now? I thought they were gonna try all this “constitutional amendment” crap after 2021 parliament elections. This can’t be good ;_;
    (Am russian)

  10. 2020 keeps getting more interesting.

  11. Y’know there was an AskReddit post a while back asking something like: “What can’t you wait for to end?” I said: “Putin’s reign.”

    That thought got downvoted all to hell. However, I imagine VERY few of those downvotes came from Putin-bots or anything like that.

  12. Putin’s grip on Russia is honestly very impressive. This is not the first time he’s shifted powers between the President and Prime Minister to keep himself in power and it will probably not be the last. At this point there are millions of Russians of voting age who know nothing but a Russia under Putin.

  13. >“In this context, it is obvious that, as the government, we must provide the president with a capability to make all decisions,” 

  14. Governor Tarkin:
    The Imperial Senate will no longer be of any concern to us. I have just received word that the Emperor has dissolved the council permanently. The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.

    General Tagge:
    But that’s impossible. How will the Emperor maintain control without the bureaucracy?

    Governor Tarkin:
    The regional governors now have direct control over their territories. Fear will keep the local systems in line.

    –Star Wars, 1977

  15. quick, seize the means of production

  16. “In modern Russia, you don’t resign from government, government resigns from you!”

  17. $100 says Trump tries to pull something similar before 2024 as well.

  18. What does this mean, exactly? The quote on the bottom says it will aim for a more diversified balance of power; this is a good thing,no? Or is it nonsense?

  19. He’s just trying to confuse trump in terms of who he needs to report to for his performance reviews.

  20. This is just window-dressing to give a dictatorship the appearance of a democracy.

  21. So…it’s time for a soviet-reunion?

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