Russian President Putin signs law allowing him to remain in power for an additional 15 years
Putin, who will be 83 in 2036, already served two consecutive terms as president from 2000 till 2008, when he had to step down according to the rules of the previous 1993 constitution.
Putin assumed the presidency in 1999. During his time in office, Putin has garnered a reputation as an anti-democratic leader who ruthlessly cracks down on dissent. Putin's opponents have often died in violent or mysterious ways or been subjected to serious harm, including poisoning.
The Russian president's most prominent critic, the anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny, was poisoned with the
After receiving treatment in Germany for several months, Navalny was arrested upon returning to Moscow this year and faced charges of violating the terms of a suspended sentence for fraud in 2014 - a conviction
Russian interference in US elections and a war involving Kremlin-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, among other issues, have led to major tensions between Washington, DC, and Moscow.During an interview in March, Biden