Members of the Helsinki Commission to the US Congress, Democrat Steve Cohen and Republican Joe Wilson, tabled a draft resolution calling for Vladimir Putin not to be recognized as President of Russia if he remains in power after the 2024 elections.
In a resolution announced on Thursday, US congressmen indicated that the 2020 referendum on the amendment of the constitution, giving the Russian president the opportunity to hold two additional terms in a row, was “the most manipulated vote in the modern history of the Russian Federation.”
Accordingly, parliamentarians want the US House of Representatives to recognize that the changes to the Russian constitution have been adopted against Russia’s international obligations as a member of the OSCE and contrary to Russian law. As a consequence, the authors say, the US should not recognize Putin’s further presidential terms.
“Any attempt by the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, to remain in office after the current and last term of office, ending on May 8, 2024, will result in his non-recognition by the United States,” reads the draft resolution.
The 7-day plebiscite in June 2020 organized during the pandemic was widely criticized by international organizations and the Russian opposition. According to official results, more than 78% of the changes were in favor of Putin’s ability to hold two consecutive presidential terms. voters. In the resolution, congressmen refer to the analysis of the Gołos center and independent experts indicating that 27 million votes were cast – 37 percent. – it was fake. They also cite a poll by the independent Levada Center, according to which 48 percent. respondents were against the changes, and 47 percent. endorsed them.
Cohen is the co-chairman of the US Helsinki Commission, and Wilson is the body’s highest-ranking Republican congressman. The commission – formally known as the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe – is a congressional body made up of politicians from both houses of the US parliament. He deals with human rights, democracy and other topics related to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
From Washington, Oskar Górzyński