Putin's moves leave Russian opposition with few options
January 17, 2020
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin played it differently this time.
Instead of openly declaring plans to extend his rule like he did in 2011, Putin proposed constitutional amendments to appear to give more power to Russia's parliament.
Instead of announcing the move as a fait accompli, he said the people should vote and decide.
And then he executed a swift, unexpected reshuffle of Russia's leadership, putting a low-profile official with no political aims in charge of the government.
Putin announced what many see as a strategy for staying in power well past the end of his term...