Following the approval of the amendments in the referendum, President Putin has qualified for two more presidential elections in the future, while his biggest rivals have been disqualified.

President Vladimir Putin ratified the constitutional amendments passed in the referendum on July 3. A draft of these reforms has been published on the official website.

Amendments to the law have also tightened the eligibility criteria for candidates in elections. One of the conditions for a presidential candidate is that he has lived in Russia for 25 years. The law deprives Alexei Navalny, Putin’s fiercest opponent of the right to stand for election for the next 15 years.

The new reforms also include setting a minimum pension for a retired person. In addition, a provision has been made in Russia against gay marriage.

Russia’s opposition has expressed concerns about the transparency of the referendum. According to him, irregularities were observed in the voting process in different cities.

Russia’s political system has undergone such sweeping changes at a time when the Corona epidemic has killed more than 10,000 people in the country. The number of people infected with the virus has risen to more than 57,000. 

The referendum was scheduled to take place in Russia on April 22, 2020, but was postponed due to the Corona epidemic. Seven days were set aside for the referendum so that the people could easily exercise their right to vote. Three-quarters of registered voters voted in favor of constitutional reform. Earlier, the Russian parliament approved a package of constitutional reforms.

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