In Russia, the protest against Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin and his possible remaining in power beyond 2024 is picking up speed. Human rights activists, lawyers and concerned Russian citizens have published a petition to the Council of Europe asking them to review Putin’s biggest constitutional change in Russia’s history. Thousands signed the call on the Internet. Russia is a member of the Council of Europe.
Opponents who are fighting for democracy in Russia have warned of a constitutional overthrow and abuse of power with the new Net2020.ru website. The internet supervisory authority Roskomnadsor blocked the website, on which Putin’s opponents also published a manifesto. Many websites with criticism of the Russian leadership cannot be accessed from Russian servers.
No demonstrations allowed
Because events with more than 5,000 people are banned in the capital Moscow because of the coronavirus, the opposition cannot put masses on the streets. Resistance forms on the net.
The Russian Parliament and the Federation Council had rushed to amend the 1993 Basic Law this week. The plan is not just to expand the president’s powers. After a vote by the deputies, Putin should also have the opportunity to apply again for a maximum of two terms. According to the previous constitution, 2024 would be the end for him.