He’s Russia’s longest-serving leader since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.
And if you are a Russian and you are under 20, you’ve never known another leader.
His critics fear he’s preparing to be ‘president for life’.
The 67 year old has backed a constitutional amendment to reset his presidential term count to zero, allowing him to run in another two elections.
The lower house of parliament passed the legislation on Tuesday.
And Russians are due to have their say in a constitutional referendum next month.
The amendments are the latest in a choreographed process that began in January.
Putin argues staying in power after his term ends will be good for Russia.
But how convinced are his critics?

Presenter: James Bays
Guests
Viktor Olevich – Center for Actual Politics
Sergei Guriev – Professor of economics, Paris Institute of Political Studies
Daragh McDowell – Russia analyst, Verisk Maplecroft global risk consultancy

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25 Comments

  • Thumtl Nguyen
    Posted March 15, 2020 7:23 am

    I think he has no other choice. He surely has domestic enemies they wouldn't let him enjoy his retirement when he's out of power. Second, Russian assembly members don't want to loose their chairs when a new president is in power. One Russian friend of mine told me that the last election was ridged. He has support from old Russian generation and they're very patriotic.

  • sang
    Posted March 15, 2020 7:23 am

    This guy talks like a robot with anxiety

  • S M
    Posted March 15, 2020 7:23 am

    Good for the good people. Bad for the villian. Putin will remain in power

  • 01017400
    Posted March 15, 2020 7:23 am

    USA & West also Ruled by One ! Zionist ! honestly Putin is better than Zionist !!

  • King Kemet 25
    Posted March 15, 2020 7:23 am

    This is why mike Bloomberg who is worth $60 billion try to run for USA president because Money can be measure you can’t measure POWER!!

  • shine
    Posted March 15, 2020 7:23 am

    Putin is good for russia why should he leave if he can stay in power ahahahahahahahaha

  • sergey 7
    Posted March 15, 2020 7:23 am

    Freaking tzar! Who doubted this murderer! Russian Khanate!😂😂😂.

  • Selvaraj subrammanian
    Posted March 15, 2020 7:23 am

    ELILETS LUV TO SEE PUTIN GO AND WITHIN DAYS THEY LL APPOINT JEWS TO DESTROY RUSSIA. PUTIN IS A NATIONALIST AND HE SHOULD CREATE YOUNG RUSSIANS TO BE THE SAME AND TAKE HIS POSITION

  • Rafael Acosta
    Posted March 15, 2020 7:23 am

    Since Hillary Clinton recommended al jeezreza it has become my no 1 youtube site for anti_china, anti russia, anti.Iran, anti Venezuela, of course one does not need a war criminal recommendation

  • David Chorak
    Posted March 15, 2020 7:23 am

    Russia never had the Renaissance that Europe had beginning in the 1500’s. Russians are New Wave Serfs.

  • maciek
    Posted March 15, 2020 7:23 am

    Of course, interview the guy who's in exile…I'm sure he's gonna give a partial and fair viewpoint, the guy is in exile for a reason LOOK IT UP.

    The bottom line is the people love him, it's nothing like in the west where you have a polarization in the population, people adore him, he's done more for the country in the past 10yrs then anyone in the history of the country. The west hates him cause he's not corrupt and can't be bought, he's the only one who is standing up to the western bullies.

  • The Shadow Man
    Posted March 15, 2020 7:23 am

    West loosing it’s mind because of this. That is so much fun.

  • Kath Macdonald
    Posted March 15, 2020 7:23 am

    After Russia, under Yeltsin got raped by America at the end of the Soviet Union,

    Putin took Russia back for the Russians.
    This is why USA & UK hate Putin so much.
    But Russians have never had it so good.

    Putin has done so much to Democratize Russia, we are not told about this.
    This is why the Russians are afraid to let Putin go.
    I believe Putin would like to retire, but takes Duty and responsibility seriously,
    unlike most of our leaders.
    i.e David Cameron who just disapeared when things got tricky.

    While Russia moves more towards democracy, we are being led backwards into authoritarianism.
    That's why we have Julian Assange locked up in UK prison, and the mainstream media ignore that ,while constantly criticizing Putin..

  • PAUL's DANCING
    Posted March 15, 2020 7:23 am

    I am one of those that did not give President Putin accolades out of concern that he will follow Marshall Tito, who held on to the power until the last day and caused the destruction of Yugoslavia. I was pleased to see a few months back that President Putin is planning to change the Russian Constitution to ensure that nobody can be 'president' for life.

    I liked the plan where Putin and Medvedev would be the key players of the Russian State Security Council and thus monitor (and in effect control) the affairs of the state.

    As a person from Communist Central Europe, that became a political refugee at the age of 16, and was never shy to make a bold statement, I will conclude: It is pathetic that 140+ million of Democrats in the USA cannot put forward a presidential quality candidate. And it will be also pathetic and catastrophic, for Russia, for the Slavs and the World, if out of some 145 million Russians, in 2024, there will be nobody available or permitted to replace Putin.

  • Antonijo Bakija
    Posted March 15, 2020 7:23 am

    It is priceless – medium funded by Qatar talking about democracy, LOL! How many migrants have the country with the highest GDP per capita received so far? According to Al Jazeera only Europeans are "obliged" to open their borders.

  • Raccuani Rome
    Posted March 15, 2020 7:23 am

    i hope forever… for true world peace attainment…

  • Crom
    Posted March 15, 2020 7:23 am

    i'm happy living in a country where we don't have leaders. God Bless the USA.

  • Daniel Glencross
    Posted March 15, 2020 7:23 am

    God bless President Putin God bless mother Russia.

  • allgoo 19
    Posted March 15, 2020 7:23 am

    Will Putin become like Khrushchev, of whom we never got a word once he stepped down from the power?

    I assume Putin has made many enemies as well as allies during his career.

    He can't just retire in peaceful life.

    It's not only about the power and his money but also his life will be in danger.
    Who wouldn't want to hang on to the power?

  • Abdou Sane
    Posted March 15, 2020 7:23 am

    I really want him to be president again.

  • leather Guy
    Posted March 15, 2020 7:23 am

    The dictator will be in office for life, or until someone kills him

  • Ishri Rampersad
    Posted March 15, 2020 7:23 am

    Putin stopped the rot

  • Ishri Rampersad
    Posted March 15, 2020 7:23 am

    I wonder why all these external critics think they know what's best for the Russian people. Did they not appreciate what happened to the country in the 1990s? Do they know what the Russians aspirations are for their country? Do the critics care about what's best for them? The West nearly pauperised the and bankrupted Russia in the 1990s. Putin was the one who stopped the toy and turned their future around.

  • Fiucik Miselfo
    Posted March 15, 2020 7:23 am

    sergiey guriev levt Russia as a jew, but just cant separate.

  • Duk Balla
    Posted March 15, 2020 7:23 am

    Stalin killed Russians by guns. Putting is doing by drugs, alcohol, abortion
    G 5 coming. Many different ways population control

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