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He’s Russia’s longest-serving leader since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.
And if you are a Russian and you are under 20, you’ve never known another leader.
His critics fear he’s preparing to be ‘president for life’.
The 67 year old has backed a constitutional amendment to reset his presidential term count to zero, allowing him to run in another two elections.
The lower house of parliament passed the legislation on Tuesday.
And Russians are due to have their say in a constitutional referendum next month.
The amendments are the latest in a choreographed process that began in January.
Putin argues staying in power after his term ends will be good for Russia.
But how convinced are his critics?

Presenter: James Bays
Guests
Viktor Olevich – Center for Actual Politics
Sergei Guriev – Professor of economics, Paris Institute of Political Studies
Daragh McDowell – Russia analyst, Verisk Maplecroft global risk consultancy

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36 Replies to “How long will Putin hang on to power? I Inside Story”

  1. Lets be clear- WHEN you introduce guest PLEASE ADD who funds there organisations or pays there wages Then the narrative gets some sense of ballance

  2. How long will Putin hang on to power?
    as long as the russian people wish him to and show it in elections. – a concept this terrorist network will never comprehend.

  3. stalin was not leader of russia but soviet union. russia is not soviet union. twisted aljazeeraterrorist news. look at your kings, rulers and dictators for life without being elected.

  4. As long as 'Al Thani' dynasty rules QATAR. AL Jazeera is a joke in the name of impartial journalism…. You suck up to these Islamic states.

  5. Same face same rhetoric same ideas same same same. Ruble has been in decline for over twenty years. This is actually good since they are a major exporter of metals such as nickel. They sell it dirt cheap ha ha long live Putin! We don’t need another competitor eating up our resources

  6. Este hombre quiere estar en el poder como los Castro y el Cerdo Maduro para dejar seca a toda una nacion, convertirse en el mas millonario y el que tiene mas derechos, asi son los comunistas asquerosos de este mundo. Hay que bajarlos y ponerlos a trabajar limpiando las calles y vean que cuando uno trabaja puede comer, no vivir a expensas de los demás y comprar mansiones que nunca ocupan mientras los mas inocentes viven en la calle. En Rusia la gente vieja tiene una pension de hambre y tienen que sacar la comida de los basureros. Eso lo vi yo en una filmación y tambien por informacion de rusos que conozco, asi es la vida en ese pais, son mas de 70 años y la gente no conoce otra cosa.

  7. Putin will stay forever. Why? We have corruption and injustice everywhere and citizens don't trust USA…

  8. It seems that Mr. Putin is such an outstanding success, so far ahead, he's showing how tawdry, ordinary, useless many of the other leaders are. They'd do not want to let him put them in the also ran group! Too bad for them, he brought a breath of fresh air to leadership.

  9. if he's so good as russians / trolls say, why does he need to fix elections and prevent other parties from standing?

  10. As long as Russians vote for comrade Putin, its all fine. "if its not broken, dont fix it". world is safer with him in power.

  11. I think he has no other choice. He surely has domestic enemies they wouldn't let him enjoy his retirement when he's out of power. Second, Russian assembly members don't want to loose their chairs when a new president is in power. One Russian friend of mine told me that the last election was ridged. He has support from old Russian generation and they're very patriotic.

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