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Putin claims to support term limits as he readies to take helm for 3rd time

MOSCOW--Vladimir Putin, the man who will become Russia's president for a third term next month, indicated Wednesday he would back a law that bars others from doing what he did, ruling as president more than twice.

But Putin also suggested such a law would not apply to himself, leaving open the possibility that he could run for a fourth presidential term in 2018.

The Russian Constitution now bars a person from being president for more than two consecutive terms. Putin was Russia's president from 2000 to 2008 — in two four-year terms — but had to step down to avoid the issue of consecutive terms. He did not step far away — becoming the country's prime minister and remaining Russia's most powerful leader despite the title change.

But because of that “consecutive” clause, Putin was able to run for a third term in the March president vote. He won amid an unprecedented wave of street protests stemming from allegations of widespread vote rigging in December's parliamentary election and will be sworn in on May 7.

In addition, while Putin was prime minister, his placeholder, Dmitry Medvedev, pushed a law through Parliament changing the presidential term from four to six years, so Putin will now rule until 2018.

On Wednesday, during a Q&A session in Parliament, Putin said it would be “reasonable” to remove the mention of consecutive terms. But he added that this would not affect him because such a legislation cannot be retroactive — implying that his third term would considered his first term under the new law.

“Once it's passed, I will have a chance to work for the next two terms. There's no problem here,” he said in televised remarks.

When the prime minister was asked shortly before the March vote whether he thought it was ethical of him to run for a third term, Putin said he saw no reason not to run because the law allowed it.

A few hours before his annual speech to Parliament, several opposition activists were detained outside the Parliament building when they attempted to stage an unsanctioned rally.

In his speech, Putin pledged to improve Russia's dismal investment climate, calling it crucial for the country's development. He promised his new government would submit legislation to make Russia more business-friendly before the end of the year and introduce the position of an ombudsman to champion investors' rights.

“We won't be able to tackle any issue in the economy or social sphere unless we fix the situation with the business climate,” Putin said in his annual address.

April 12, 2012    gshimano@
"fix the situation with the business climate" - I wonder if he meant travesty of justice that he personally perpetrated on Khodorkovsky. Although I guess this is anew law which doesn't apply retroactively too. Isn't it good to be a slave in Putin's Russia?
April 12, 2012    miguel_veras@
Russians have no balls. Fight for your freedom you f'n p*ssies.
April 12, 2012    jmccormick8@
Putin is doing the right thing for now. Russia and her experiment in democracy is fragile and Putin holds the balance in his hands. If he runs and wins one more term he will desire to leave a positive legacy, a legacy of moving further toward the goal of a free democratic state. I know many will pick these statements apart, but if you look at them with a neutral opinion of Putin, and if you think there could have been someone else much worse in his position: then you may see why his moves have made sense.
April 12, 2012    Racin8de@
This man is such a fraud, cheat & liar, he is The Untied States biggest threat, he so wants to go back to communism, Russia still suppresses there people, as obvious with the elections and Police arresting protestors when there are supposed to be allowed too ..He will stop & exterminate RUSSIAN that gets in his way, hopefully this man will have some sort of ailment and go to hell where he belongs ......F&ck you Vladimir Putin!!!!!
April 12, 2012    brownb1980@
Please don't give comrade barry sotero any ideas you commies.
April 12, 2012    Watchers@
Of course the law wouldn't apply to you, Putin. That would require you to have a sliver of character left in you. You will enslave your country and bring it ruin and shame, though the manner and the means evades you. But your self-interest is a glaring clue.

No. Once the blood of your people so completely stains your hands, then you too shall fall. Just like those before you. Ye puppet of despair.
April 12, 2012    bts4@
There are no ethics in Russian politics. Putin is an idiot.
April 12, 2012    fulredy@
Democracy and Russia are antonyms.
April 12, 2012    consviews@
jmccormick8@ wrote:
Putin is doing the right thing for now. Russia and her experiment in democracy is fragile and Putin holds the balance in his hands. If he runs and wins one more term he will desire to leave a positive legacy, a legacy of moving further toward the goal of a free democratic state. I know many will pick these statements apart, but if you look at them with a neutral opinion of Putin, and if you think there could have been someone else much worse in his position: then you may see why his moves have made sense.
Having begun my study of the Russian language and history in January 1951 courtesy of the United States government and continuing that study all my life, I find your comments repugnant.

However having carefully read your post, it is my opinion that your native language, based on your sentence structure, is Russian. And based on its content and conclusions, I assume you are an employee or sycophant of the Putin regime.

Vladimir A. Putin is a dictator schooled in the theory and practices of the secret police. He will leave Russia in worse conditions at the end of his rule, whether it be six or twelve years or more from now.

Joe Miller
April 12, 2012    Obamanation@
The Russians will always have this albatross hanging around their necks. The U.S. will be singing "The Internationale" as soon as Obama wins his dictator-enabling election this time round. So comrades, come rally.
April 12, 2012    clanofnan@
Not much different than we have going on here with Obama's illegal term in office.
April 12, 2012    richwilkinson@
jmccormick8@ wrote:
Putin is doing the right thing for now. Russia and her experiment in democracy is fragile and Putin holds the balance in his hands. If he runs and wins one more term he will desire to leave a positive legacy, a legacy of moving further toward the goal of a free democratic state. I know many will pick these statements apart, but if you look at them with a neutral opinion of Putin, and if you think there could have been someone else much worse in his position: then you may see why his moves have made sense.
Putin is an ex-KGB thug who murdered Litvinenko and journalists who spoke against him. He has aggressively courted the Arab states who repeatedly ganged up on Israel and supplies money, training, and technology to Iran to help achieve its nuclear ambitions. He's wants to be czar of a new USSR that includes the lands of the old Byzantine empire. Wake up and do your research on this tyrant!
April 12, 2012    tzstt@
jmccormick8@ wrote:
Putin is doing the right thing for now. Russia and her experiment in democracy is fragile and Putin holds the balance in his hands. If he runs and wins one more term he will desire to leave a positive legacy, a legacy of moving further toward the goal of a free democratic state. I know many will pick these statements apart, but if you look at them with a neutral opinion of Putin, and if you think there could have been someone else much worse in his position: then you may see why his moves have made sense.
what an absurd claim - it is beyond obvious that Putin wishes to return to the "glory days" of Soviet Russia
April 13, 2012    blueblood1941@
LOL! - Gotta love this guy! Dr. Evil, he needs a mimi-me!
April 13, 2012    xyz123@
Racin8de@ wrote:
This man is such a fraud, cheat & liar, he is The Untied States biggest threat, he so wants to go back to communism, Russia still suppresses there people, as obvious with the elections and Police arresting protestors when there are supposed to be allowed too ..He will stop & exterminate RUSSIAN that gets in his way, hopefully this man will have some sort of ailment and go to hell where he belongs ......F&ck you Vladimir Putin!!!!!
You naive bumpkin " if you look at them with a neutral opinion of Putin". Try replacing the word Putin with any history's past tyrants and see where your "rational" approach goes.
April 13, 2012    randy.kitchens@
No ONE in the USofA has any relevant opinion of Mr. Putin. Barry got elected here. Compare the two, Obama and Putin. Russia needs a strong leader. So do we. They will elect one. We did not.
April 13, 2012    karpindur@
miguel_veras@ wrote:
Russians have no balls. Fight for your freedom you f'n p*ssies.
You are going to get your chance to show us all what a big tough guy you really are when the Obama Regime attempts to steal the deal in November.
See you then.
April 13, 2012    johnd@
miguel_veras@ wrote:
Russians have no balls. Fight for your freedom you f'n p*ssies.
Russians have no balls? You obviously don't know anyone from Russia. They're some of the toughest people in the world.
April 13, 2012    johnd@
brownb1980@ wrote:
Please don't give comrade barry sotero any ideas you commies.
You obviously don't know what a Communist is.
April 13, 2012    karpindur@
jmccormick8@ wrote:
Putin is doing the right thing for now. Russia and her experiment in democracy is fragile and Putin holds the balance in his hands. If he runs and wins one more term he will desire to leave a positive legacy, a legacy of moving further toward the goal of a free democratic state. I know many will pick these statements apart, but if you look at them with a neutral opinion of Putin, and if you think there could have been someone else much worse in his position: then you may see why his moves have made sense.
If you like Putin, you must love Our Dear Leader, The One, The great and brilliant Barrack Hussein Obama. The two men virtual clones, and are afflicted with identical psychological issues. Both are textbook examples of what is now diagnosed as chronic narcissism.
The symptom used to earn a diagnoses termed "Megalomania", but our enlightened society has dropped such self esteem harming labels. The diagnoses still incorporates the term "tyrannical" in its list of symptoms however.
April 13, 2012    dpr@
gshimano@ wrote:
"fix the situation with the business climate" - I wonder if he meant travesty of justice that he personally perpetrated on Khodorkovsky. Although I guess this is anew law which doesn't apply retroactively too. Isn't it good to be a slave in Putin's Russia?
Putin did a CA govenator Jerry Brown, after he saw Moonbeam got away with it. This type of behavior is only expected from those who are power-hungry and consider themselves in the government elite!
April 13, 2012    HawkinsLake@
The comments posted here reveal how ignorant and shallow and jealous most Americans are....GROW UP PEOPLE!!! America is on its way down and Russia is on its way up.
April 13, 2012    HawkinsLake@
Vladimir Putin is extremely successful for all the right reasons... because he deserves it !!! Americans hate him for all the wrong reasons... because they are jealous !!!
April 13, 2012    Acerwall2010@
miguel_veras@ wrote:
Russians have no balls. Fight for your freedom you f'n p*ssies.
I agree but look at the us. B4 you know it we will be worse then them and most don’t care. F'ck Russia what about usa? Our government is raping us and taken freedoms away every day. But let's b'tch about Russia that will help. lol.
April 20, 2012    Mohan4114@
Putin has the guts to stand and take office for 3rd term. Russia did improve under his rule and may improve further. He at least bring back some self respect for Russian after Soviet collapse. The street in Moscow to Vladivostok are much safer now. There are stability, during Boris rule, you can stab someone in the street and walk free. Most important, common peoples are eating, although live still consider hard compare to soviet day. Most peoples, who live in Russia from 1980 to 2012, can appreciate and vote for Putin.
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