The media suggested that because of the coronavirus pandemic, a plebiscite on amendments to the constitution of the Russian Federation could be postponed. However, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on voting on April 22.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on March 17 signed a decree on holding an all-Russian vote on constitutional amendments.
According to a document published by the Kremlin’s press service, the plebiscite will be held on April 22, as was previously planned.
The question was put to the all-Russian vote: “Do you approve changes to the constitution of the Russian Federation?”
Medusa wrote, citing sources, that due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, the Russian authorities intended to postpone the vote until June 12 or even September 13.
As of March 17, there are 114 patients with coronavirus in Russia; no fatal cases have been recorded.
On March 16, the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation recognized the law on the amendment of the constitution in accordance with the country’s main law. Among other things, the law contains a rule on the so-called nullification of Putin’s presidential terms. According to the court’s conclusion, the president of the Russian Federation will be able to take part in the elections again, regardless of the number of terms during which he served as head of state at the time the constitutional amendments came into force.
Some Russian scholars, writers, lawyers and journalists have opposed amendments to the basic law. On March 14–15, protests against the nullification of Putin’s presidential terms were held in several cities of Russia; about 50 people were detained in Moscow.
Putin has been president since 2000 with a break for 2008-2012, when he was head of government.