Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is currently 69 years old, will be able to lead the nation until 2036, when he will be 83 years old, thanks to a series of constitutional amendments that were passed in 2021.
Russian law restricts presidents to two terms of two years each.
Prior to 2008 and again in 2020, Russian presidents were limited to two consecutive four-year terms.
Putin was chosen as president for the first time in 2000. He was re-elected in 2004, 2012, and once more in 2018. The new amendments will allow him to serve for an additional 12 years rather than another six after his current term ends in 2024.
According to NPR, Putin reportedly told lawmakers in 2021 that he supported changing the constitution to reset the number of terms he could serve but did not support completely eliminating term limits.
According to Reuters, the amendments approved in 2020 increased the retirement age for government officials from 65 to 70.
Putin has held the position of head of state for the nation for a total of 16 years, including an acting term of a year, two terms of four years, and two terms of six years.
More than any other Russian as well as Soviet leader since Josef Stalin, who ruled from 1924 until his death in 1953, he maintained some form of power for further than two decades by taking on the position of premier when he wasn’t acting as president.
After former Russian President Boris Yeltsin abruptly left office after eight years in office, Putin took over as president for a year in 1999. With 53% of the vote in the nation’s popular vote, Putin won the subsequent election in 2000.
Putin served two consecutive terms as president, each lasting four years, from 2000 to 2004 and then again from 2004 to 2008. Between 2008 and 2012, Dmitry Medvedev, a longtime ally of Putin, held the office of president and extended the president’s term to six years. During this time, Putin served as premier.
Putin abruptly reorganized his inner circle in January 2020, including appointing a new prime minister, and declared a constitutional amendment to extend term limits.
Putin is still eligible to receive 75% of the monthly salary the Russian president if he decides to retire in his old age.