Bloomberg: Kremlin masterminding scenarios for Putin’s staying in power

Bloomberg: Kremlin masterminding scenarios for Putin’s staying in power
Vladimir Putin

It is reported that one of the scenarios provides for Russia joining with Belarus.

The Kremlin is developing scenarios for the preservation of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s power for as long as possible, reports Bloomberg, citing sources close to the Russian authorities.

It is reported that one of the scenarios implies "the creation of a new state through the joining of Russia and Belarus." The new country will be headed by Putin, which will allow to circumvent the constitutional limit on the number of presidential terms. However, these plans are hampered by the resistance of the Belarusian authorities, said sociologist Olga Kryshtanovskaya, who studies the Russian elite at the State University of Management in Moscow.

A scenario similar to what is currently happening in Kazakhstan is also being considered, said political analyst and former presidential administration employee Andrey Kolyadin.

In addition, political analysts suggest that Vladimir Putin may transfer key presidential powers to the Security Council or the State Council he currently helms to use them for exerting influence after leaving his post. A situation similar to Kazakhstan is impossible in Russia under Putin, experts believe.

Earlier it was reported that the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, who led the country for almost 30 years, announced the resignation. The new President became the speaker of the country's Senate, Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev.

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