Putin signs law letting ex-presidents become senators for life

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin signed a law Tuesday that would allow former presidents to become life-long lawmakers in the Russian upper house after leaving the Kremlin, a government website revealed.
The legislation follows extensive changes to the Russian political system that Putin initiated this year, which, among other things, allow him to run for two more six years in the Kremlin if he so wishes. He should step down in 2024.
The reforms will be closely analyzed for clues as to what Putin might do at the end of his current tenure as president, his second and fourth in a row.
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Tuesday's legislation would allow presidents to appoint up to 30 senators to the Federation Council, the upper house of Russia, and become senators themselves after they resign.
Other laws, not yet incorporated into law but already supported by the lower house of parliament, would grant ex-presidents immunity from prosecution for crimes committed in their lifetime, not just during their tenure.
(Reporting by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Alex Richardson)
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