Putin Signed a Law on Zeroing Presidential Terms

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The current Russian president can be elected twice more and lead the country for another 15 years. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, April 5, signed amendments to the federal law "On Elections of the President of the Russian Federation", allowing him to be elected twice more - in 2024 and 2030. According to the updated law, the president of Russia can hold office for no more than two terms, but the period during which he was the head of state before the adoption of the amendments to the constitution is not taken into account. The new edition also stipulates who can be elected president of the Russian Federation: a citizen of Russia at least 35 years old, permanently residing in the country for at least 25 years, who does not possess foreign citizenship or residence permit. The requirement for the absence of citizenship of another state does not apply to Russians who were previously citizens of a country that was fully or partially admitted to Russia. Resetting presidential terms on Tereshkova On March 31, the bill on zeroing the presidential terms of the current head of state was supported by the Federation Council, and a week earlier - by the State Duma. As stated on the website of the Russian parliament's upper house, this document contributes to bringing the Russian legislation on elections and referendums in line with the amendments to the Russian Constitution adopted in 2020. On March 10, 2020, State Duma Deputy Valentina Tereshkova proposed an amendment to the Basic Law on the zeroing of presidential terms, explaining this by the need to maintain stability in the country. The Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation recognized this amendment as legal. From June 25 to July 1, a nationwide vote was held in the Russian Federation, as a result of which a number of amendments were made to the constitution, including the nullification of presidential terms.