Vladimir Putin Russia’s lower house of parliament finally approved constitutional changes Wednesday that would allow President Vladimir Putin to stay in power even after 2024. In the 450-seat assembly, 383 deputies backed the government’s proposal to change the constitution, 43 lawmakers abstained, while 24 lawmakers were absent. No lawmaker voted against, Reuters reports. Vladimir Putin has been in the leading political position of the largest state in the world for a long time. Initially, he served as president from 2000 to 2008 and returned to the post of president in May 2012. According to polls, its popularity has declined in recent years. Last summer, he was accused of suppressing opposition and protests in Moscow, where many people were arrested. Russia has been criticized by the international community for human rights abuses, external aggression and the implementation of authoritarian systems.