Supreme Leader Putin?


2014 image of Putin by Reuter’s, saying Putin will not be intimidated to end his invasion of Crimea in the Ukraine.

Jordan Kennedy

     Two weeks ago President Vladimir Putin of Russia’s entire government resigned. Every member of the Russian cabinet gone. Putin has taken this opportunity to strengthen his position by appointing new members to his cabinet and pushing through radical changes to the Russian constitution. 

     Putin was born under the Soviet Union, and for a long period of his life worked for the KGB, the Soviet equivalent of the FBI. After this, he began to serve directly under Boris Yeltsin, the first president of Russia, as secretary of the security council. First being elected President in 2000, Putin realized a loophole when his second term was up in 2008. As the Russian constitution states that you can’t run for two consecutive terms Putin decided to not run for the 2008-2012 term, but instead served as the prime minister of Russia. However, in 2013, Putin re-assumed his presidential position. 

    Despite this loophole, Putin is facing opposition from many younger Russians and farther left parties in protests outside Moscow and many other cities as his 2016-2020 term comes to a close. That is why Putin saw it fit to dismantle his government, and form a new constitution, where there is much speculation on what his next move will be.

     One hint about how Putin will be proceeding, was an official Kremlin statement, on how Putin’s government title was going to be changed, with one of the choices being Supreme Leader. This exactly points to Putin trying to instate himself as an autocratic leader, like the Tsars of the empire and General Secretaries of the Communist party before the introduction of democracy. Despite all of this, there is hope. With Putin having to deal with protesters outside his door, and foreign nations breathing down his neck, Putin may have to back down. But as he’s shown before in his invasion of Ukraine, Putin is bold and not easily influenced by other powers. By the end of this year, monarchy might be back in fashion in Russia.