Russia’s Vladimir Putin will stay in power past 2024. He has already served four terms as president, and the Russian constitution limits presidents to two consecutive terms. However, Putin has amended the constitution to allow himself to reset his term limits, meaning he could serve two more terms as president.
In addition, Putin has consolidated power in Russia to a degree that is unprecedented since the collapse of the Soviet Union. He has cracked down on dissent, silenced independent media, and rigged elections. This has made it very difficult for anyone to challenge him for power.
Putin has also shown no signs of wanting to give up power. He has said that he intends to remain in office until he has completed his “mission” to make Russia a great power again.
Given Putin’s grip on power and his determination to stay in office, it is likely that he will remain president of Russia past 2024.
Here are some of the ways in which Putin has consolidated power in Russia:
- He has appointed loyalists to key positions in the government, the military, and the security services.
- He has cracked down on dissent by imprisoning or exiling opposition leaders and activists.
- He has silenced independent media by shutting down critical outlets and intimidating journalists.
- He has rigged elections to ensure that he and his allies remain in power.
- He has used propaganda to create a cult of personality around himself and to demonize his opponents.
Putin’s consolidation of power has made Russia a more authoritarian state. It has also made it more difficult for the Russian people to hold their government accountable.