The Russian constitutional review that allows Vladimir Putin to remain in power until 2036 was approved by 77,92% of voters, according to official referendum results released today and which are contested by the opposition.
The official results of the popular consultation indicate that the participation was 65% and that 21,27% of the voters voted against the revision of the Constitution.
The referendum in Russia was initially scheduled for April but was postponed because of the new coronavirus pandemic.
The consultation took place over the past week with voters having to wear health protection masks and gloves to exercise their right to vote.
Despite the referendum, the constitutional reform had already been approved by deputies at the beginning of the year and the new text of the Constitution has even been on sale in Russian bookstores since the first quarter of the year.
Russian oppositionist Aexei Navalny called the vote “a big lie” and called for the opposition's electoral mobilization in the next regionals scheduled for September.
One of the most controversial amendments allows Vladimir Putin the possibility of two more presidential terms in addition to the current one that ends in 2024.
In this way, Putin can remain in the Kremlin until 2036, when he is 84 years old.
The revision of the Constitution also introduces conservative measures defended by the president such as “faith in god, marriage only between heterosexual couples and patriotic duties.