Russian president Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on Thursday to prepare amendments to the Russian constitution. Photograph: Michael Klimentyev/Sputnik/EPA

As State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin gathered senior members of parliament together to discuss Vladimir Putin’s newly-announced plans to amend the(...)

Russia’s new prime minister Mikhail Mishustin:  a capable bureaucrat who appears to be completely loyal to Vladimir Putin, according to analysts. Photograph:   Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty Images

Tax official Mikhail Mishustin has become Russia’s prime minister as a government shake-up marked the start of a bid by president Vladimir Putin to ch(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: Analysts say he wants to secure a political future for himself and Russia when he is constitutionally mandated to step down in 2024. Photograph: Dmitry Astakhov/Sputnik/ Government pool via AP

Vladimir Putin has announced the most sweeping political changes in Russia in almost three decades. The constitution will change in a way that could s(...)

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