Peskov responds to Bloomberg about plans to keep Putin in power
Bloomberg says that the Kremlin is considering several options that will allow Vladimir Putin to maintain power as long as possible.
President's Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov called Bloomberg’s publication about the Kremlin exploring various options that would allow Vladimir Putin to remain in power after the end of his powers in 2024 a “fantasy.”
"This is some kind of a fantasy that has nothing to do with that what is actually being discussed in the Kremlin," TASS cites Peskov.
According to him, the Presidential Administration has an intense agenda aimed at the implementation of Putin’s may decree. Peskov stressed that deadlines that “do not extend for decades ahead, but are limited to literally months” are set for this document.
Bloomberg says that the Kremlin is considering several options that will allow Vladimir Putin to maintain power as long as possible. According to the publication’s sources, this includes the unification of Russia and Belarus into one state.
In this scenario, Putin will lead a new country and will be able to circumvent constitutional restrictions on the number of presidential terms. However, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko previously opposed the unification of the two countries.
In addition, the Kremlin allegedly discusses a scenario similar to the change of power in Kazakhstan. Bloomberg concludes that so far Moscow has no agreed scenario for the transfer of power after Putin’s departure.
The Prosecutor General's Office had earlier accused the Moscow region’s ex-official of exceeding official authority, taking a bribe on an especially large scale, and forgery, and demanded to seize assets worth of 9 billion rubles ($135 million) from him.