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Russian President Vladimir Putin could stay in power until 2036.
This is the result of the recently concluded 2020 Russian constitutional referendum where a total of 77.92% voted in favor of the constitutional changes as opposed to the 21.26% who were against the amendments.
Russia’s Central Election Commission said the turnout was 65% of eligible voters.
With 85% of ballots counted, this is the results map by Russian regions. Only one region – Nenets Autonomous Okrug – shows a majority of voters against the amendment package. #Russia https://t.co/JgWiaCS6oc pic.twitter.com/cAQb5KDTpP— Ben Noble (@Ben_H_Noble) July 1, 2020
Putin—who has been in power since 1999, either serving as Russia’s Prime Minister or President—was supposed to step down as president after his term ends in 2024. The referendum on constitutional changes however, means that Putin can rule beyond 2024 as he is now allowed to run for up to two more terms.
Putin, who is currently 67 years old, could very well be in power until he is 83.
According to NPR, Russia’s constitutional referendum included “200 other amendments, including guaranteed minimum pensions, a ban on same-sex marriage and an affirmation of the Russian people’s belief in God.”
The amendment now defines marriage as “a relationship between one man and one woman.” The outcome of the referendum, however, reflects the result of a 2019 poll that says only 7% of Russians support marriage equality as opposed to the majority, which is 87%, who are against.
Meanwhile, Mikhail Tumasov—a Russian LGBT activist living in exile—said during an interview with France 24 that “LGBT networks encouraged people to turn out to vote no.” He also said he fears that “any actions to promote same-sex marriage could soon be deemed anti-constitutional.” Watch the interview in full below.
On the other hand, Richard Mole, a Professor of Political Sociology at UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, questions the amendment on the definition of marriage, saying, “There was no possibility of same-sex marriage being introduced in Russia and the traditional understanding of marriage was thus in no way ‘in danger’. So why introduce the amendment?”
Mole added, “Like the ‘gay propaganda’ ban, the constitutional definition of marriage as ‘the union of a man and a woman’ will increase discrimination against LGBT+ Russians.”
Take a look at the netizen’s reactions on the referendum:
The "#referendum" in #Russia is being covered as a simple vote to extend #Putin's reign. However, the other amendments are also batshit crazy. See the linked NYT article for details –https://t.co/8hk794mmn5— Hearts & Minds 24/7 (@HeartsnMinds247) June 28, 2020
Zero chance this will be rejected…
When you are born on this planet once and you gotta spend pretty much all your life under Putin's government. #Russia #Putin #Referendum https://t.co/Njc3TsR4zx pic.twitter.com/BxVjkJt94P— Giorgi Tabagari (@Tabagari) July 2, 2020
"I want to live in a free Russia!" St. Petersburg, #Russia. (📸@pixsl_markov) pic.twitter.com/jSarH0iqOm— Anonymous (@YourAnonCentral) July 1, 2020
Russia’s week-long referendum on constitutional amendments was held from 25 June to 1 July 2020. It was originally slated for April 22, but it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read the story in full here and here.
Always remember this… The United States supplies Russia with approximately 43% of its wheat. Russia cannot feed its people or can it feed a large, standing army, for any length of time. Also, it does not have the manufacturing capabilities to sustain its weapons and ammunition if it engaged in a pro-longed war with-the-west. Russia and Europe are co-dependent: Russia supplies Europe with oil, coal and natural gas and Europe supplies Russia with the revenue earned from such dependencies. All of Russia’s Gold is stored within Fort Knox, TN; yet, Russia controls the world’s supply of diamonds and has the… Read more »
Correction; Russia exports wheat and Russia does not have any gold in Fort Knox. I question the balance of your statements.
You are, now, correct and I stand corrected.
Perhaps correcting me is correct and I hope it brought you joy & happiness?
Have some Vodka with a dash of Rose’s Line Juice, straight-up, and toast to your ephemeral victory!
I was wondering wtf ‘he’ was talking about, “their gold in our country” unless there’s two TN, lmao!
look who has emerged…from the cracks and crannies of the local woodwork…to comment, sourly, on the frailties of N.Z.H.’s human existence!
Even N.Z.H. is allowed to occasionally error and be deemed not without sin (Venial).
Why any person would want to live in that country is beyond me, those people need to step out of the 50’s or they will never be a part of the World as a whole. I truly feel for the people who want to leave and cannot.
So what’s the big deal? The Marxists in the BLM movement will do the same once they’re finished with the useful idiots that support them. That’s what so many don’t understand about the leftists – they will be your friend for now but once they get the power to rule over you, you’ll discover you have no friends. Don’t believe BLM was founded and run by Marxists? Listen to Patrisse Cullors tell you herself. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pyhy4IvkENg Now, Putin isn’t exactly Marxist but as you can see he’s no big fan of gay people. Truth be told, most folks in the world… Read more »
I bet you’re tRUMP fan…you know his party is anti gay as well. It’s funny how so many american whites hate LGBTQ people but desire them in secret.
He most certainly is a tRUMP fan, he’s one of those folks who would follow him to hell.
Between him and Joe, the guy with the sweet Ukrainian connection for his boy, the guy who is running for the Democratic party which created the KKK? Yes, I’m a Trump fan. You know, that guy who leaned on a pharmaceutical company for to give away all that PrEP. THe same guy who appointed a SCOTUS judge who wrote the recent opinion of firing gays and held it illegal. Yes, I’m gonna vote for that guy. I don’t particularly like him on a personal level. I think he’s abrasive and a little mouthy and I don’t particularly like what he’s… Read more »
. . . Joe’s going to elect cabinet members whom will advise him, ok, as he will have the good sense to listen…. and NOT go rogue… There have been to count, five republicans charged/gone to prison with criminal charges. . . tRump is a confirmed, text-book, pathological, evil, liar… he’s not even a republican let’s just start with that fact, let alone an American, as even many reps., will/are saying. His actions as far as the Covid-mess, it wouldn’t have been such, except for tRump, you, have heard his many insane suggestions/actions as far as that debacle. He’s even… Read more »
THE RUSSIA PRESIDENT CAN STAY IN OFFICE AS LONG AS HE DESIRES BUT DO NOT DENY AND EXCLUDE GAY LGBT COMMUNITY THE RIGHT TO MARRIAGE LEAVE RELIGION OUT THESE NEW AMENDMENTS,,,,BY BANNING GAY MARRIAGE FOR GAY LGBT COMMUNITY IS A STEP BACKWARDS THERE FOR THEIR SHOULD BE IMMEDIATELY ENFORCED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS TO AND FROM THE REPUBLIC FEDERATION OF RUSSIA,,,,THERE ALSO NEEDS TO BE IMMEDIATE SANCTIONS ON ALL RUSSIAN FEDERATION GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS FOR PASSING SUCH HARSH AND DISCRIMINATORY ANTI-GAY LGBT AMENDMENTS,,,
CLOSE ALL THE REPUBLIC FEDERATION OF RUSSIA EMBASSIES WORLDWIDE….
Why not? It’s not like the majority of us have any respect for monogamy anyways.
Obviously, an invasion should be launched. All the antifa and their BLM allies will be happy to form the ranks needed to invade mean old Russia and make the world safe for rainbow flags. Maybe some protests in Moscow?
How many white supremacy groups are you willing label terrorist as well. I keep saying white american love to hate POC except in bed.
Show us one that has done what antifa has done in terms of voilence and lawlessness and we might be able to consider that. No fair naming the KKK, that’s a Democrat thing and they barely even exist any more except for a Democrat political boogey man.
Everybody knows that’s not true, any of it. They’re wearing dockers (office mgrs.) etc., in the corporations, military, police force, etc., “maga” you know that, I know you do. Remember, “everybody’s in drag” these days.
“200 other amendments, including guaranteed minimum pensions, a ban on same-sex marriage and an affirmation of the Russian people’s belief in God.”
Wait.. I thought the US was the worse place to live if you were any kind of minority or gay/trans/etc etc based on all the news reports and blog posts.. is that not true?
I feel bad for anyone that is born outside of the “free world” as we can see we are not perfect but there is so much worse out there including actual on going slavery and people being killed for their beliefs or lifestyles. (Iran, Russia, China, etc… but you know.. go get your place on the UN human rights counsel)
That was a cute joke and laced with hatred too.
Wayne, how is there any hatred. There is not.One can want to improve where one is while also acknowledging it is also the single best place in the world to currently be. Also, I bet you are super fun.
tek: What you wrote is the “Gospel Truth”! Americans bash their own country and trash it with all they perceive to be wrong…until, they step outside their own misguided “Ethnocentrism,” only to realize that America is still “The Land Of The Free And The Brave.” Only those ignorant and misguided would condemn The United States…delusionalists of what is common-place, elsewhere in this world. They are the same Americans who protested at my brother’s burial…calling him “Murder,” “Killer” and he and the war were both “Immoral.” We are a Dumb Nation because we have such an abundance of Freedoms that we… Read more »
You wrote all of this, so beautifully, lmao! It’s such idiocy, my God… man, you act as if we live in a perfect country ’cause it serves YOU better is all, really. As Vietnam was America, “fighting against itself,” thus a huge waste of life on both sides; I’m presuming Agent Orange isn’t just your problem; your impending demise, yet, you cannot see the innocent lives being snuffed-out, here in this country. We who have an “abundance of freedoms,” the only ones with the abundance of freedoms are the ones that allow out-right murder of innocent people of color, and… Read more »
It is the freedom of being an American which allows you to rant and rave about all that is wrong with this country.
you haven’t lived to be almost eighty and relatively, safe and well, because America denied you any less freedom than anyone else?
Black Lives mattered in Vietnam as did White Lives…I carried both from the battle fields… to either a stretcher to be flown away to a hospital or put into a body-bag to be refrigerated and flown to The Philippines to be prepped and embalmed.
Be at peace, Lamar…before you leave this Earth!
. . .You have no fucking idea, man, none at all, how many times I’ve been pulled-over by “white” cops? Three times in Minneapolis, twice here in South Florida. 3 out 5 five men were young poor and black from the inner cities, on the ‘front lines’ in Vietnam, yeah, they matter enough to bear as the most expendable, that’s the reality of that situation, it’s true documented hist., PBS Ch. There is no peace in the midst of the fact, we’re still fighting for equality, what, of that are you so in denial of, I don’t understand that about… Read more »
Outright murder of of innocent people? You must be talking about the Democrats again, They’re the ones who keep abortion of millions of black babies legal. I take offense to your white supremacy remarks. White supremacy as you call it is nothing more than a personal drive to acheive things and do better with a little genetic luck of a higher IQ thrown in. For you to call it white supremacy is racist on your part. Have fun being a victim of your own choosing.
So there’s no racism and we’re just seeing things; black people being broken-in on, shot and strangled consistently wht on blk cop murdering’s. Around the world, all these people across the board standing up; in taking a knee in solidarity. . . insanity on your part and you racist friends colleges and what IQ? If you had any, you wouldn’t be so in denial. Dems aren’t murdering anyone, that’s why there’s been no attempt on tRUMPS life, ’cause the pathologically insane are all on the republican side, which explains, why there’s so many of them going to prison. Oh, and… Read more »
I have a DD form 214 for serving Honorably. I fought for freedom of speech. Even for those of you who wore the flag on their asses. Even the supreme court said it was ok to do so. I wasn’t happy about it, but I fought for their right to do so. So call out all the terrorist or none at all.
Innocent gay people, trans, black men and women are murdered here, in “this country of freedom,” what are you talking about, man, what is wrong with you? Voter suppression, imposed poverty, red-lining, sexism/s etc., this isn’t freedom in the “free world.”