Russia: Nationwide vote on constitutional amendments ends as polling stations close

2 июля 2020 г. 1:01

The vote on the constitutional amendments was held across Russia with ballots seen being counted afterward, Wednesday. One of the first cities to start voting was Far East's Vladivostok, with Yekaterinburg, Saint Petersburg, Sevastopol, far western Kaliningrad, and others joining in. Voters shared their opinion on the amendments and why they decided to come and cast ballots. Some expressed hopes for changes, while others, like Taras from Vladivostok, claimed not many citizens were aware of the whole list of amendments on the table. «There are some regarding our branches of power, relationships between them. I believe most people don't know about them, don't understand them,» he stressed. The nationwide vote on constitutional amendments began on June 25 and finished on July 1. The proposed amendments range from better pensions and minimum wages to a reset of term limits that would allow President Vladimir Putin to run again for a fifth time in 2024, potentially staying in power until 2036.

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