How long will Putin hang on to power? I Inside Story

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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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37 comments

  1. Robert Shackleferd 16 March, 2020 at 14:00 Reply

    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

  2. V S 16 March, 2020 at 14:00 Reply

    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.

  3. Thomas Sankara 16 March, 2020 at 14:00 Reply

    Putin is a disgrace to Russia. Even Under Stalin , They have collective leadership at least on paper.

  4. aminaalice alic 16 March, 2020 at 14:00 Reply

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

  5. Ishri Rampersad 16 March, 2020 at 14:00 Reply

    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.

  6. Alvin Balducci 16 March, 2020 at 14:00 Reply

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

  7. Zamani Dlamini 16 March, 2020 at 14:00 Reply

    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.

  8. A Milner 16 March, 2020 at 14:00 Reply

    I’d love them to appoint him as a ruler for life, just like emperor XI. This guy is a RUSSIAN national treasure

  9. Thumtl Nguyen 16 March, 2020 at 14:00 Reply

    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.

  10. King Kemet 25 16 March, 2020 at 14:00 Reply

    This is why mike Bloomberg who is worth $60 billion try to run for USA president because Money can be measure you can’t measure POWER!!

  11. Selvaraj subrammanian 16 March, 2020 at 14:00 Reply

    ELILETS LUV TO SEE PUTIN GO AND WITHIN DAYS THEY LL APPOINT JEWS TO DESTROY RUSSIA. PUTIN IS A NATIONALIST AND HE SHOULD CREATE YOUNG RUSSIANS TO BE THE SAME AND TAKE HIS POSITION

  12. Rafael Acosta 16 March, 2020 at 14:00 Reply

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  13. David Chorak 16 March, 2020 at 14:00 Reply

    Russia never had the Renaissance that Europe had beginning in the 1500’s. Russians are New Wave Serfs.

  14. maciek 16 March, 2020 at 14:00 Reply

    Of course, interview the guy who's in exile…I'm sure he's gonna give a partial and fair viewpoint, the guy is in exile for a reason LOOK IT UP.

    The bottom line is the people love Putin, it's nothing like in the west where you have a polarization in the population, people adore him, he's done more for the country in the past 10yrs then anyone in the history of the country. The west hates him cause he's not corrupt and can't be bought, he's the only one who is standing up to the western bullies.

  15. Kath Macdonald 16 March, 2020 at 14:00 Reply

    After Russia, under Yeltsin got raped by America at the end of the Soviet Union,

    Putin took Russia back for the Russians.
    This is why USA & UK hate Putin so much.
    But Russians have never had it so good.

    Putin has done so much to Democratize Russia, we are not told about this.
    This is why the Russians are afraid to let Putin go.
    I believe Putin would like to retire, but takes Duty and responsibility seriously,
    unlike most of our leaders.
    i.e David Cameron who just disapeared when things got tricky.

    While Russia moves more towards democracy, we are being led backwards into authoritarianism.
    That's why we have Julian Assange locked up in UK prison, and the mainstream media ignore that ,while constantly criticizing Putin..

  16. PAUL's DANCING 16 March, 2020 at 14:00 Reply

    I am one of those that did not give President Putin accolades out of concern that he will follow Marshall Tito, who held on to the power until the last day and caused the destruction of Yugoslavia. I was pleased to see a few months back that President Putin is planning to change the Russian Constitution to ensure that nobody can be 'president' for life.

    I liked the plan where Putin and Medvedev would be the key players of the Russian State Security Council and thus monitor (and in effect control) the affairs of the state.

    As a person from Communist Central Europe, that became a political refugee at the age of 16, and was never shy to make a bold statement, I will conclude: It is pathetic that 140+ million of Democrats in the USA cannot put forward a presidential quality candidate. And it will be also pathetic and catastrophic, for Russia, for the Slavs and the World, if out of some 145 million Russians, in 2024, there will be nobody available or permitted to replace Putin.

  17. Antonijo Bakija 16 March, 2020 at 14:00 Reply

    It is priceless – medium funded by Qatar talking about democracy, LOL! How many migrants have the country with the highest GDP per capita received so far? According to Al Jazeera only Europeans are "obliged" to open their borders.

  18. allgoo 19 16 March, 2020 at 14:00 Reply

    Will Putin become like Khrushchev, of whom we never got a word once he stepped down from the power?

    I assume Putin has made many enemies as well as allies during his career.

    He can't just retire in peaceful life.

    It's not only about the power and his money but also his life will be in danger.
    Who wouldn't want to hang on to the power?

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