Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved a legislation allowing him to be in office for two additional six-year terms, opening the possibility for him to stay in power until 2036.
He signed the bill on Monday, according to the Russian government’s legal information portal.
Putin has been in power for longer than any other Kremlin leader since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. He said he would decide later whether to run again in 2024 when his current six-year term ends.
Putin was first elected president in 2000 and served two consecutive four-year terms. His ally Dmitry Medvedev took his place in 2008 as a way to circumvent Russia’s limit of two consecutive terms for presidents. Medvedev signed off on legislation extending terms to six years starting with the next president. Putin then returned to the Kremlin in 2012 and won re-election in 2018.