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Putin: amendments to the Constitution are not related to the extension of my powers
Amendments to the Constitution are needed to build a unified system of power, and not to extend the powers of the president. This was stated by President Vladimir Putin at a meeting with members of the public in Cherepovets.
The President, answering a question from the head of the STEM Academy project at Cherepovets State University Alena Smyslova, noted that amendments to the country's main law would not work to extend the powers of the current president. This requires alternative methods.
According to Putin, since the adoption of the Constitution, amendments have been made to it 15 times, so the current situation is not extraordinary. According to his calculations, consideration of the amendments is expected to take about three months.
State Duma unanimously in first reading approved amendments to the Constitution. The second reading is scheduled for February 11th. Putin recently said that without the support of citizens at a national vote, he could do not sign amendments to the Constitution. According to VTsIOM, almost 80% of Russians consider amendments important.