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Putin signs law allowing him to run for two more terms as Russian President

April 6, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law paving the way for him to run for two more presidential terms, potentially extending his rule until 2036.

Earlier this year, thousands of people protested across Russia over the jailing of opposition figure Alexey Navalny, who was detained in January on return to the country five months after he was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok.

Anti-corruption campaigner Navalny has been a constant thorn in Putin's side for years now, with a recent video purporting to expose an extravagant secret palace on Russia's Black Sea coast he said was built for the President attracting millions of views on YouTube.

On Monday, Navalny said he would continue the strike despite having a high temperature and a bad cough amid a tuberculosis outbreak amongst his prison cellmates, according to an Instagram post shared by his team on his official account.

A prominent opposition-linked Russian doctors' union, Doctors' Alliance, run by a Navalny ally, said later on Monday via a YouTube video that a group of physicians will go to Navalny's prison on Tuesday to demand proper medical attention for the opposition figure.

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