25/09/2020

Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian prime minister, resigned yesterday in a dramatic move that he said was intended to smooth the way for changes to the constitution that could allow President Putin to…

Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian prime minister, resigned yesterday in a dramatic move that he said was intended to smooth the way for changes to the constitution that could allow President Putin to rule for life.
Mr Medvedev, 54, also said that his entire cabinet was stepping down. His televised announcement, which came as a big surprise, was made shortly after Mr Putin, 67, had called for a referendum on constitutional amendments that included an increase in the powers of parliament and the state council, an advisory body to the Kremlin.
These amendments, when they are adopted, will make significant changes not only to a number of articles of the constitution, but also to the balance of power, Mr Medvedev said. In this context, it is…