God, Gays, And ‘Victorious Power’: Other Proposed Amendments To Russia’s Constitution

When President Vladimir Putin dropped his bombshell announcement calling for changing Russia’s constitution, the immediate focus was on what it meant for his future.

Several amendments he submitted to parliament days after his January 15 national speech called for rearranging Russia’s power structure. They also give him options should he seek to retain power after 2024, when he is barred from running for reelection.

Those proposals were quickly taken up by a 75-member commission, which was established to draft amendments, and given preliminary approval by the State Duma, the lower house of parliament.

But other proposals have floated through Kremlin halls and elsewhere in Moscow. More than 300, in fact, some of which will presumably make it into the biggest update yet of the post-Sovie