Image: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (Left) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (Right)

On 15th January Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a constitutional overhaul to boost the powers of parliament and the Cabinet, a move signalling Putin’s intention to carve out a new position for himself after his current term ends.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev submitted his resignation hours after Putin discussed the constitutional amendments during his state of the nation address.

The Russian leader thanked Medvedev for his service but said the prime minister’s Cabinet had failed to fulfill all of its objectives. 

Putin asked the member’s of Medvedev’s Cabinet to keep working until a new Cabinet is formed.


Dmitry Medvedev, a longtime close associate of Putin’s, has served as Russia’s prime minister since 2012.

He spent four years before that as president in 2008-2012, becoming a placeholder when Putin had to switch into the prime minister’s office because of constitutional term limits on the presidency.

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