Putin Extends Rule to 2036 After Controversial Election


Almost 78 percent of voters in Russia have approved amendments to the country’s constitution that will allow President Vladimir Putin to stay in power until 2036, Russian election officials said Thursday after all the votes were counted.

In the week-long balloting that concluded on Wednesday, 77.9 percent voted for the changes and 21.3 percent voted against, with 100 percent of the precincts counted by Thursday morning, Russia’s Central Election Commission said.

The turnout exceeded 64 percent, according to officials.

The reported numbers reflect the highest level of voter support for Putin in ten years. In the 2018 presidential election, 76.7 percent of voters supported his candidacy, while in the 2012 election only 63.6 percent did.

But Kremlin critics say the numbers are false, with an unrealistic approval rating for the Russian leader.

Federal Court Gives Texas Huge Win to Help Fight Illegal Immigration

“A record in falsifying votes has been set in Russia,” opposition politician Alexei Navalny said in a Facebook post on Thursday.

“The announced result has nothing whatsoever to do with the people’s opinion.”

Putin’s approval rating was at 59 percent in May, according to the Levada Center, Russia’s top independent pollster. That was the lowest in two decades.

Do you believe the Russian election was legitimate?

For the first time in Russia, polls were kept open for an entire week to bolster turnout and avoid crowds — a provision that Kremlin critics denounced as a tool to manipulate the outcome, as ballot boxes remained unattended at night.

[jwplayer 3aTJZxwc]

The Western Journal has reviewed this Associated Press story and may have altered it prior to publication to ensure that it meets our editorial standards.

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →

We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

, , , ,
The Associated Press is an independent, not-for-profit news cooperative headquartered in New York City. Their teams in over 100 countries tell the world’s stories, from breaking news to investigative reporting. They provide content and services to help engage audiences worldwide, working with companies of all types, from broadcasters to brands. Photo credit: @AP on Twitter
The Associated Press was the first private sector organization in the U.S. to operate on a national scale. Over the past 170 years, they have been first to inform the world of many of history's most important moments, from the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the bombing of Pearl Harbor to the fall of the Shah of Iran and the death of Pope John Paul.

Today, they operate in 263 locations in more than 100 countries relaying breaking news, covering war and conflict and producing enterprise reports that tell the world's stories.
New York City