He has been the strong man of Russia since 1999, and could remain so for another fifteen years. Russian President Vladimir Putin has just obtained broad popular support for his reform of the country’s constitution after a controversial referendum. Thanks to a series of amendments, the head of state bypasses the legal limit of two presidential terms, and will be allowed to stand in the elections of 2024 and 2030. But will the current tenant of the Kremlin stay in power until the age of 83?
“Vladimir Putin really wants to leave himself all the necessary leeway“, analysis Michel Eltchaninoff, editor-in-chief of Philosophy Magazine and author of the book In the head of Vladimir Putin. “He’s going to have a hard time leaving office because he doesn’t want to be caught by the law “, he added, referring to the strong suspicions of corruption and embezzlement that weigh on the Russian president and his men.
Other reasons could push the leader to seek new terms. “He has always said, since the mid-2000s, that he wanted to make history and that, unlike Western leaders, he wanted time“, highlighted Michel Eltchaninoff. A preference for the long term which would allow Vladimir Putin to carry out his new mission: to rehabilitate the history of his country.
“In recent months, he has embarked on a new historic and memorial offensive, details Michel Eltchaninoff, to try this time, no longer to conquer territories, but to rewrite the history of the 20th century, and therefore the history of the 21st century“As such, Vladimir Putin is particularly fond of Victory Day, as it is named in Russia, which commemorates “the victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany” in 1945.
It is therefore the question of the past that could define the future of the Russian president, according to Michel Eltchaninoff. “Vladimir Putin is opening a new sequence of his reign over Russia, believes the philosopher, in trying to revise the historical perspective that we have on the decades before. “