Vladimir Putin is planning to step down next year as speculation swirls in Russia that the longtime president may have Parkinson’s disease, a report said Thursday.
Moscow political scientist Valery Solovei told The Sun that the Russian strongman’s 37-year-old girlfriend, Alina Kabaeva, and his two daughters are pushing him to leave office.
“There is a family, it has a great influence on him. He intends to make public his handover plans in January,” Solovei told the news outlet.
Ole Vladimir apparently has Parkinson's disease. This is one of those situations where the cliche of saying you wouldn't wish that on your worst enemy probably applies but I don't believe in that cliche so I am not going to say it. End of an era. A meddling, maniacal, authoritarian, criminal era. Parkinson's is no joke so we can't say that Putin is getting off easy, but he also took the time to make sure that he can ride off shirtless into the sunset as one of the richest people in the world because...he is making it a law that he will have immunity for all crimes that he committed while in office. A law to protect him from breaking laws. That is smart. Here is the blurb from the Moscow Times about this little wrinkle by Bad Vlad
Russian lawmakers submitted legislation Thursday that would grant former presidents lifetime immunity from criminal prosecution under President Vladimir Putin’s constitutional reforms, Interfax reported.
Under current laws, presidents cannot be held criminally or administratively liable for crimes committed while serving their terms. A parliamentary working group assessing Putin’s constitutional reforms proposed earlier this year to extend presidential immunity beyond their terms of office.
“The bill secures immunity guarantees for ex-presidents beyond the terms of their presidential powers,” Interfax quoted Senator Andrei Klishas, the group’s co-chair, as telling reporters.
“This expands the timeframe of immunity guarantees for a president who stops exercising their powers,” added Klishas, who chairs the upper-house Federation Council’s Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building.
All those political rivals he had murdered. All those journalists he had thrown in jail. All those Ukrainians he...invaded. All the money he stole...that is all good now thanks to this law that makes it legal for the President to break the law. Incredible stuff by Putin. I don't think too many people have heard this, but there is a theory that threw strong-arming different businesses and industries in Russia and exerting influence elsewhere that Putin is under the table the richest man in the world. Like possibly at a Bezos level.
But as the Seattle entrepreneurs jockey for the top ranking, Russian President Vladimir Putin is worth more than both Gates and Bezos combined, says one financier. Putin’s net worth is estimated to be $200 billion, according to former Hermitage Capital Management CEO Bill Browder, who testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, according to prepared remarks obtained by The Atlantic.
A cool $200 BILLION for the proud son of a factory worker and a cook in the communist Soviet Union. Totally legit and not stolen from the people or obtained through bribes. None of that and even it he did…tough shit, it's illegal to prosecute him for stealing $200bn. And…if you think that it is impossible for a world leader to sneaky have the most personal wealth on the planet be hidden…Ghadaffi(not looking up the spelling) of Libya was found to have about that much money when he died and was ousted from power. Oil, real estate, etc all over the world and secret bank accounts tied directly to him. And that was fucking Libya. Not the largest country in the world with first world industry and a shit ton natural gas. Putin could easily have that or more tucked away for a rainy day, but nobody will ever know. Tip of the cap, I guess.