Is Putin a president for life? | Inside Story
For more than 20 years he's been the most powerful man in Russia.
And this week, President Vladimir Putin made sure he could retain that position for another 15 years.
With the signing of a new law, he can now run for another two six-year terms once his current stint ends in 2024.
It would make him Russia's longest ruling leader, surpassing Joseph Stalin.
His critics call it a constitutional coup, designed to make Putin 'President for life'
His supporters say it means stability for the government.
But what's behind Putin's hunger for control?
Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra
Dmitry Babich, Political Analyst at InoSMI Internet project .
Marco Di Liddo, Head of Russia & Balkans Desk at The Center for International Studies.
Alexander Soloviev, Member of Russian opposition and Former Chairman of the Open Russia.
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