That of course would allow Putin to continue in power without a violation of the constitution.
Other changes are under consideration as well, Solovey says, including “the establishment of a state ideology and the reduction in the number of subjects of the federation,” the latter to be achieved by the amalgamation of some existing regions. But the authorities will not undertake all these reforms at once, he says. That would entail “too large a risk.”
Also likely, Solovey says, is the doing away with all gubernatorial elections, “although this is not necessarily going to be connected with a change in the constitution. Instead, it could simply occur by means of an extension of the changes Putin has introduced over the past decade or more.