A weaker presidency and a stronger parliament must be good for Russia’s democracy, whatever the real intention

Wednesday may prove to be one of the most important days in the political history of post-Soviet Russia. During the last 10 minutes of his annual state-of-the-nation speech, Vladimir Putin announced a series of proposals to reform Russia’s constitution that seem to lay out the roadmap for his own political future after 2024. System-wide change is on the horizon for Russia, but the country’s most important political figure is likely to remain central to it all for years to come.

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