Vladimir Putin has done virtually everything to ensure he’ll be able to remain Russian president for life after a referendum last week, when officials said a majority of voters approved a series of changes to the constitution. The veteran human rights activist Tanya Lokshina joins Susan and Greg to discuss what the process revealed about politics under Putin, what’s changed in the constitution and what it means for the country’s future.
The Cable is a production of ICWA and the Transatlantic Democracy Working Group.
Associate director, Human Rights Watch Europe and Central Asia division
Executive Director, Institute of Current World Affairs
Journalist, author of Russians: The People Behind the Power
Director, Transatlantic Democracy Working Group
Senior Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States
The Cable is produced by Rebecca Picard
Lead image credit: By Kremlin.ru, CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=87885728