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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed a law that opened the door for him to stay in power until 2036.

The Russian president’s current term ends in 2024, and he can now run for two more.

This move, made possible by a referendum on constitutional amendments in 2020, means Putin could surpass Joseph Stalin as the longest-reigning leader in Russia since Peter the Great, according to the Moscow Times. 

Putin’s critics and opponents have said he’s effectively become “president for life” via this legislation.

Widely characterized as an authoritarian president, Putin has already ruled over Russia for 20 years. By signing the law on Monday, the 68-year-old Russian president could potentially remain in power until he’s 83. 

A former KGB operative, Putin first assumed the presidency in 1999. During his time in office, Putin has garnered a reputation as an anti-democratic leader who ruthlessly cracks down on dissent. Putin’s opponents have often…

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