Analysis: Russia’s constitutional changes promote Putin, and his agenda
Voting on constitutional changes in Russia begins today, until July 1. The ballot was postponed from April due to the coronavirus pandemic. Changes would enshrine religious beliefs into law, and that marriage must be between heterosexuals, but also potentially allow President Vladimir Putin to stay in power until 2036. FRANCE 24’s international affairs commentator Douglas Herbert looks at the reasons behind the first constitutional revision since 1993.