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Russian Referendum on Constitutional Reforms, Lifting Putin Term Limits, Passes by Wide Margin

•, Jason Ditz

Russia's Central Elections Commission says that with three quarters of precincts counted, a referendum on mass amendment of the Russian Constitution passed with 77% support from voters. This is a surprisingly wide margin, though it was expected to pass.

The referendum was the bulk passage of 206 amendments, including one which would allow President Vladimir Putin to run for reelection. Current term limits prevent him from holding office after 2024. The amendment will reset the limits, giving Putin two more 6 year terms to potentially have, up to 2036.

The Putin term limit amendment has led many to conclude this is a Putin referendum, though historians argue that it is mainly aimed at passing a "Russian constitution," after previous revisions heavily borrowed from US and French ideas.