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News breaking that Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has handed his resignation to Vlad after Putin's speech and proposal to change rules to increase powers of parliament as a probable means of retaining his power. [ETA Russian Gov't resigned to allow Putin to make his changes]

Source = News flash ticker on France24 - now vanished. Developing.

Links re proposed increased powers:

Russia: Putin proposes more powers for parliament | DW | 15.01.2020

Putin uses state of nation speech to flag referendum on constitutional change

ETA news just in from Reuters in last few minutes:

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday that the government he heads was resigning to give President Vladimir Putin room to carry out changes he wants to make to the constitution.

Medvedev made the announcement on state TV sitting next to Putin who thanked Medvedev, a close ally, for his work.


Russian government resigns: Prime Minister Medvedev

Presumably the usual swap between them won't be required if the proposed changes are made, as Vlad will likely stay put as president. What will happen about PM job and government? New elections after the changes are made? Sounds like a legal formality.
 
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ETA news just in from Reuters in last few minutes:

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday that the government he heads was resigning to give President Vladimir Putin room to carry out changes he wants to make to the constitution.

Medvedev made the announcement on state TV sitting next to Putin who thanked Medvedev, a close ally, for his work.


Russian government resigns: Prime Minister Medvedev

Presumably the usual swap between them won't be required if the proposed changes are made, as Vlad will likely stay put as president. What will happen about PM job and government? New elections after the changes are made? Sounds like a legal formality.
They've updated. Medvedev gets a new job, Parliament stays in place until a new govt is formed. Likely new PM is one of the following:
Sergei Sobyanin, the mayor of Moscow
Dmitry Oreshkin, the economy minister
Alexander Novak, the energy minister.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday that his government was resigning to give President Vladimir Putin room to carry out the changes he wants to make to the constitution.

The unexpected announcement, which came shortly after Putin proposed a nationwide vote on sweeping changes that would shift power from the presidency to parliament, means Russia will also get a new prime minister.

Possible candidates include Sergei Sobyanin, the mayor of Moscow, Dmitry Oreshkin, the economy minister, or Alexander Novak, the energy minister.

Medvedev made the announcement on state TV sitting next to Putin who thanked Medvedev, a close ally, for his work.

Putin said that Medvedev would take on a new job as deputy head of Russia’s Security Council, which Putin chairs.

Putin asked for the outgoing government to remain at work until a new government was appointed.
 
So........ a dictatorship with a democratic facade. Plus ça change! Potemkin:- It’s not a village, but a whole country.
 
Looks like Mishustin is the new PM. Interesting that he was head of the tax service. Probably knows where some of the skeletons and stashes of money are located:
Putin nominated Mikhail Mishustin, 53-year-old head of the tax service, as the next prime minister. Mishustin, who will be quizzed by parliament on Thursday, has played ice hockey with Putin but has little public profile and had not been spoken of as a possible candidate.

He will inevitably be viewed as a possible successor to a shrunken presidency, as will members of his cabinet, many of whom are expected to be new to government.
 
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