Putin, who turns 69 this year, is currently serving his fourth term as president, which is slated to end in 2024. The new legislation, announced on Monday, could allow him to serve two more six-year terms in case he elects and wins both re-election.
The new law formalizes the results of last year’s referendum on changes to the Russian constitution.
Not only did the referendum postpone Putin’s term in office, it was also a vote on a number of other amendments, including a provision that strictly defined marriage as “the union of men and women.”
After being poisoned in Siberia last year, Navalny was flown to Germany for emergency treatment, which Putin said had ordered and carried out by agents of the Russian security service FSB. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied the allegations.
Navalny hunger strike
On Monday, Navalny said he would continue the strike despite high temperatures and a severe cough in a tuberculosis outbreak among his prison cellmates, according to an Instagram post his team shared on his official account.
“The third person on my squad was recently hospitalized with tuberculosis,” said Navalny. “There are 15 people in the department, which means 20% of them are sick, which is much higher than the epidemiological threshold. And what? Do you think there is a state of emergency, ambulance sirens wail? Nobody cares Bosses are just worried about how to hide the stats. “
He criticized the Russian state media’s recent coverage of conditions in the penal colony after Maria Butina, an employee of the state broadcaster RT, visited the prison and said it was “practically exemplary”.
Butina served time in a US prison after pleading guilty to trying to infiltrate conservative political circles and advance Russian interests before and after the 2016 presidential election.
On Instagram, Navalny said there are “unsanitary conditions, tuberculosis, lack of medication. When I look at the terrible plates they put our porridge in, I am generally surprised that there is still no Ebola virus here.”
He added that the prison did not have the food and nutrients it needed to keep prisoners healthy.
“I’m continuing my hunger strike, of course,” wrote Navalny in the Post. “I have the legally guaranteed right to invite a specialist at my own expense. I will not give up, prison doctors can be trusted just as much as state television.”
A prominent opposition Russian medical union, Doctors’ Alliance, led by a Navalny ally, said via a YouTube video later Monday that a group of doctors will go to Navalny prison on Tuesday to provide adequate medical care for the To demand opposition person.