Russian President Vladimir Putin has not yet set a date for a nationwide vote on amendments to the Constitution should nullify his presidential terms, because of the epidemiological situation in the regions, told the newspaper “Vedomosti” on 27 may, citing sources.
If in Moscow in recent weeks, the deaths from coronavirus infection decreased in other regions of the Russian Federation she grew up, noted the publication. According to the interlocutor in presidential administration, witha decrease in the incidence will be long because the epidemic situation in the regions lags behind from Moscow at two weeks.
Previously it was assumed that the referendum will take place on June 24. This date “is not to be discounted,” said sources, but more likely I think 1 or 8 July.
“In the near future will announce which of these dates is chosen”, – said the publication of the official in the administration of the President of the Russian Federation.
The date of voting can report next week, found out the edition, but everything will depend on the epidemiological situation.
According to interlocutors of “Vedomosti”, for an early voting insists the presidential administration, at the same time, the mayor’s office believes that as long as it is carried out too early. The Kremlin said that to discuss the topic with the amendments to the Constitution began in January, and over time she more “will leave the agenda”, as there are in favour of holding a referendum in the near future.
Putin holds the position of President since 2000 with a break in 2008-2012, when he was the head of the government.
The next presidential elections are due in Russia in 2024. In Russia want to amend the Constitution to abolish presidential terms of Putin that will allow him to run again for the presidency. All-Russian voting on the approval of amendments to the Constitution was scheduled for April 22, but in connection with the spread of the coronavirus referendum postponed.
Some Russian scientists, writers, lawyers and journalists have opposed the amendment of the basic law. In March, in several cities of Russia have passed protest actions against the nullification of presidential terms of Putin.
As of may 26, in Russia recorded more than 362 thousand cases of infection with coronavirus, died 3807 people and more than 131 thousand recovered (updated data will be published later, may 27). Putin stated that Russia passed the peak incidence COVID-19, in connection with which he was charged to hold the Victory parade on 24 June (he had been scheduled for may 9, but because of the epidemic event is canceled).