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Putin and Constitutional Reform in Russia
27 | January | 2020

On 15 January, during his speech to the Nation, Vladimir Putin announced a constitutional reform that will give Parliament more powers and promote the Council of State of an advisory body to the Constitutional body. Dmitry Medvedev's government immediately resigned and the chief of the Tax Authority, Michail Mishustin, was appointed Prime Minister. The mention, during the speech, to an end of the limitation "maximum of two terms in a row" in the Presidency launched the debate on the political future of the Russian President.



Resources | Opinions & Analysis | Editorials | News



Who Is Russia's New Prime Minister? [17/01/2020]
Reid Standish & Amy Mackinnon, Foreign Policy

The Resignation of Russia's Government [17/01/2020]
Jeffrey Mankoff & Cyrus Newlin, CSIS

Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly [15/01/2020]
Vladimir Putin, Kremlin


Opinions & Analysis
Is Putin looking to hand over power and step aside like Deng Xiaoping? [27/01/2020]
Emilian Kavalski, South China Morning Post

Vladimir Putin’s New Orchestra [27/01/2020]
Ivan Krastev, New York Times

How Putin Controls Russia [24/01/2020]
Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker

Un nuevo enroque en la política interior de Rusia [24/01/2020]
Mira Milosevich-Juaristi, Elcano

Putin’s succession strategy could be risky. This explains why. [23/01/2020]
Daragh McDowell, Washington Post

Enter Mishustin: The New Russian Prime Minister’s Agenda [23/01/2020]
Anton Tabakh, Carnegie Moscow Center

A Chance to Rethink U.S. Policy Toward Russia [22/01/2020]
Jeffrey Mankoff, The Hill

Russia's Puzzling Moves [21/01/2020]
George Friedman, Geopolitical Futures

Big Changes? Or Maybe Not. Putin’s Plans Keep Russia Guessing. [21/01/2020]
Anton Troianovski, New York Times

Enter Mishustin: The New Russian Prime Minister’s Agenda [21/01/2020]
Anton Tabakh, Carnegie Moscow Center

Russia’s New Prime Minister Augurs Techno-Authoritarianism [21/01/2020]
Joseph W. Sullivan, Foreign Policy

Not President for Life, but Putin Will Hold Power [21/01/2020]
Joseph Dresen, The Hill

Deciphering the moves on Russia’s power chessboard [21/01/2020]
Anuradha M. Chenoy, The Hindu

Putin’s Changes Might Set Russia on the Right Path [20/01/2020]
Sergey Radchenko, Moscow Times

Putin's constitutional reforms could lead to his political demise [20/01/2020]
Roman Dobrokhotov, Al Jazeera

Russia Prepares for New Tandemocracy [20/01/2020]
Tatiana Stanovaya, Carnegie Moscow Center

Putin’s Meaningless Coup [18/01/2020]
Sergei Guriev, Project Syndicate

Putin the Czar Is More Dangerous Than Ever [18/01/2020]
James Stavridis, Bloomberg

Russia’s constitutional changes are designed to perpetuate power of Vladimir Putin’s elite [17/01/2020]
Richard Sakwa, The Conversation

Putin Is Following the Game Plan of Other Autocrats Before Him [17/01/2020]
Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Foreign Policy

Vladimir Putin just staged a constitutional coup. How will Russians react? [17/01/2020]
Vladimir Kara-Murza, Washington Post

Putin Is Planning a Partial Retirement [17/01/2020]
Alexander Baunov, Foreign Policy

Russia's Constitution as a Pawn [17/01/2020]
Alastair Gill, Worldcrunch

Putin’s Cosmetic Constitutionalism [16/01/2020]
William E. Pomeranz, Kennan Institute

What to Expect From Putin’s Shake-Up [16/01/2020]
Stephen Sestanovich, CFR

Will he stay or will he go? Putin’s role will change [16/01/2020]
Kadri Liik, ECFR

Putin's New Plan to Hold Power Forever [16/01/2020]
Leonid Bershidsky, Moscow Times

Vladimir Putin’s naked power grab could have unexpected benefits [16/01/2020]
Yana Gorokhovskaia, The Guardian

Planning for a (Not-So) Post-Putin Russia [16/01/2020]
Andrei Kolesnikov, Carnegie Moscow Center

The Sickening Power of Putin [16/01/2020]
Kyle Smith, National Review

Putinism and Putin's retirement plan [16/01/2020]
Leonid Ragozin, Al Jazeera

Putin's Power Puzzle: Russia's President Loses a Cabinet and Gains an Exit Strategy [16/01/2020]
Nikolas K. Gvosdev, National Interest

With Reshuffle at the Top, the Kremlin Consolidates Russia [16/01/2020]
Pavel Felgenhauer, Eurasia Daily Monitor

Putin’s Top-Down Revolution [16/01/2020]
Maxim Trudolyubov, Wilson Center

What to Make of Putin’s Shake-Up in Russia [16/01/2020]
Candace Rondeaux, World Politics Review

Russian government resignation: what’s just happened and what’s in store for Putin beyond 2024? [16/01/2020]
Graeme Gill, The Conversation

What Putin's Constitutional Shakeup Means [16/01/2020]
Nikolai Petrov, Chatham House

Russia's Cabinet Resigns, Part of Putin's Plan [16/01/2020]
Regina Smyth, The Conversation

Putin Pays Backhanded Tribute to Democracy [16/01/2020]
Leon Aron, The Atlantic

Russia’s prime minister has just resigned. Putin clearly has plans. [15/01/2020]
Timothy Frye, Washington Post

Russia’s Presidential Transition: An Iranian-Kazakh Hybrid [15/01/2020]
Maria Snegovaya, CEPA

Putin Signals Intention to Continue Steering Russia Beyond 2024, but Will He Solve Country’s Structural Problems? [15/01/2020]
Simon Saradzhyan, Russia Matters

Vladimir Putin doesn’t need to be president to stay on top [15/01/2020]
Christian Caryl, Washington Post

Putin Wants a Kazakh Retirement [22/03/2019]
Alexander Baunov, Foreign Policy

How to Understand Putin’s Russia [31/10/2018]
AA.VV., Foreign Affairs


Now time for Vladimir Putin to show Russia he cares [22/01/2020]
South China Morning Post

Stay put: on Vladimir Putin's Cabinet reshuffle [21/01/2020]
The Hindu

Putin diseña su continuidad en el poder [18/01/2020]
El Periódico

Putin the Immortal [18/01/2020]
New York Times

Putin: prisa y control [17/01/2020]
El País

Vladimir Putin plots to remain Russia’s puppet master [17/01/2020]
Financial Times

Vladimir Poutine: l’obsession du contrôle [16/01/2020]
Le Monde

How Vladimir Putin is preparing to rule for ever [16/01/2020]
The Economist

Putin and power: he’s not going anywhere [16/01/2020]
The Guardian


Vladimir Putin to bolster his rule with fake political parties [27/01/2020]
Marc Bennetts, The Times

Russian Lawmakers OK Putin’s Constitutional Proposals [23/01/2020]
Daria Litvinova & Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press

Russian lawmakers to debate Putin's constitution reform [23/01/2020]
France 24

Putin Sends Sweeping Constitutional Amendments to Lawmakers [20/01/2020]
Moscow Times

Putin Removes Top Russian Prosecutor, Replaces Him With Investigative Official [20/01/2020]
Mike Eckel, RFE

In Wake of Putin’s ‘Coup,’ Russia’s Top Opposition Leader Refrains From Action [20/01/2020]
Evan Gershkovich, Moscow Times

Russia’s Putin says he opposes unlimited presidential term [18/01/2020]
Washington Post

Russia’s political shake-up: Putin forever [17/01/2020]
Henry Foy & Max Seddon, Financial Times

Putin's party backs president's pick for prime minister [16/01/2020]
Al Jazeera

Putin's ministers were not told of resignation plans in advance [16/01/2020]
Andrew Roth, The Guardian

What Vladimir Putin’s revamp means for Russia [15/01/2020]
Max Seddon, Financial Times

How Putin plans to stay on [15/01/2020]
Alec Luhn, Politico

Will Russian government shake-up impact Moscow’s Mideast policy? [15/01/2020]
Maxim A. Suchkov, Al Monitor

Russia’s government overhauled as Putin looks to cement influence after presidency [15/01/2020]
Isabelle Khurshudyan, Washington Post

Dmitry Medvedev: the rise and fall of the Robin to Putin’s Batman [15/01/2020]
Luke Harding, The Guardian

Is Putin attempting to carve out a 'father of the nation' role? [15/01/2020]
Al Jazeera

Russian government quits as Putin plans to stay in power past 2024 [15/01/2020]
Andrew Roth, The Guardian

Putin’s Russia, 20 years on [02/01/2020]
Marc Bennetts, Politico

Will Putin Stay Or Will He Go? Bombshell Address and Shock Medvedev Resignation Offer Big Hint [15/01/2020]
Evan Gershkovich, Moscow Times

Why Orthodox Christians are losing faith in Putin [30/12/2019]
Marc Bennetts, Politico

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