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The Putin referendum will affect not just Russia, but the world

Next month's vote could enable Mr Putin to stay in power till 2036 - much longer than other major leaders currently on the world stage.

VLADIMIR Putin made his first public appearance over the weekend after more than a month of lockdown asserting that an "absolute majority" of Russians back his controversial plan to change the constitution to extend his term in the Kremlin. While the ballot is primarily being seen through the...

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