Putin a step away from goal as constitutional vote nears end

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Putin a step away from goal as constitutional vote nears end

FILE - In this file photo, Dec. 19, 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia. Putin is just a step away from bringing about the constitutional changes that would allow him to extend his rule until 2036. The vote that would reset the clock on Putin’s tenure in office and allow him to serve two more six-year terms is set to wrap up Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)
FILE - In this file photo taken on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, a protester holds a poster that reads: "Enough Putin for me", in front of the monument of the Prince Vladimir next to the Kremlin in Moscow. Putin is just a step away from bringing about the constitutional changes that would allow him to extend his rule until 2036. The vote that would reset the clock on Putin’s tenure in office and allow him to serve two more six-year terms is set to wrap up Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)
FILE - In this April 28, 2019, file photo, President Vladimir Putin, right, listens to Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, back to a camera, during the Easter service in the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow, Russia. Putin is just a step away from bringing about the constitutional changes that would allow him to extend his rule until 2036. The vote that would reset the clock on Putin’s tenure in office and allow him to serve two more six-year terms is set to wrap up Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
FILE - In this June 24, 2020, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he leaves Red Square after the Victory Day military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the Nazi defeat in Moscow, Russia. Putin is just a step away from bringing about the constitutional changes that would allow him to extend his rule until 2036. The vote that would reset the clock on Putin’s tenure in office and allow him to serve two more six-year terms is set to wrap up Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, Pool, File)
FILE - In this March 6, 2020, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, poses for a photo with local citizens in Ivanovo, Russia. Putin is just a step away from bringing about the constitutional changes that would allow him to extend his rule until 2036. The vote that would reset the clock on Putin’s tenure in office and allow him to serve two more six-year terms is set to wrap up Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 29, 2020, file photo, a man holds a banner with a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin, reads "Russia without Putin", as he attends a march in memory of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov in Moscow, Russia. Putin is just a step away from bringing about the constitutional changes that would allow him to extend his rule until 2036. The vote that would reset the clock on Putin’s tenure in office and allow him to serve two more six-year terms is set to wrap up Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)
FILE - In this March 6, 2020, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin visits the stock company "Polyot", manufacturing parachute systems, in Ivanovo, Russia. Putin is just a step away from bringing about the constitutional changes that would allow him to extend his rule until 2036. The vote that would reset the clock on Putin’s tenure in office and allow him to serve two more six-year terms is set to wrap up Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 29, 2020, file photo, protester holds a poster reading "Tired of" during a rally in memory of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov in St. Petersburg, Russia. Putin is just a step away from bringing about the constitutional changes that would allow him to extend his rule until 2036. The vote that would reset the clock on Putin’s tenure in office and allow him to serve two more six-year terms is set to wrap up Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, File)
FILE - In this June 24, 2020, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, watches the Victory Day military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the Nazi defeat in Moscow. Putin is just a step away from bringing about the constitutional changes that would allow him to extend his rule until 2036. The vote that would reset the clock on Putin’s tenure in office and allow him to serve two more six-year terms is set to wrap up Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (Sergei Guneyev/Host Photo Agency via AP, File)
FILE - In this March 25, 2020, file photo, people walk past a billboard reads "Our country, our constitution, our decision" in a street in Moscow, Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin is just a step away from bringing about the constitutional changes that would allow him to extend his rule until 2036. The vote that would reset the clock on Putin’s tenure in office and allow him to serve two more six-year terms is set to wrap up Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
FILE - In this June 23, 2020, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu leave Red Square after the Victory Day military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the Nazi defeat in Moscow, Russia. Putin is just a step away from bringing about the constitutional changes that would allow him to extend his rule until 2036. The vote that would reset the clock on Putin’s tenure in office and allow him to serve two more six-year terms is set to wrap up Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (Yekaterina Shtukina/Sputnik Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)
FILE - In this June 22, 2020, file photo, a worker cleans an electronic scoreboard reading "All-Russia voting, July 1, Our Constitution" in the center of Moscow, Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin is just a step away from bringing about the constitutional changes that would allow him to extend his rule until 2036. The vote that would reset the clock on Putin’s tenure in office and allow him to serve two more six-year terms is set to wrap up Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
FILE - In this June 25, 2020, a voter wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus holds his ballot at a polling station in a school building in Moscow, Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin is just a step away from bringing about the constitutional changes that would allow him to extend his rule until 2036. The vote that would reset the clock on Putin’s tenure in office and allow him to serve two more six-year terms is set to wrap up Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
FILE - In this June 25, 2020, file photo, a voter wearing a face mask and protective gloves to protect against coronavirus walks to cast her ballot at a polling station in St. Petersburg, Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin is just a step away from bringing about the constitutional changes that would allow him to extend his rule until 2036. The vote that would reset the clock on Putin’s tenure in office and allow him to serve two more six-year terms is set to wrap up Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, File)
FILE - In this March 26, 2020, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting with business owners and entrepreneurs at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia. Putin is just a step away from bringing about the constitutional changes that would allow him to extend his rule until 2036. The vote that would reset the clock on Putin’s tenure in office and allow him to serve two more six-year terms is set to wrap up Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Putin a step away from goal as constitutional vote nears end

FILE - In this file photo, Dec. 19, 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia. Putin is just a step away from bringing about the constitutional changes that would allow him to extend his rule until 2036. The vote that would reset the clock on Putin’s tenure in office and allow him to serve two more six-year terms is set to wrap up Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)
FILE - In this file photo taken on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, a protester holds a poster that reads: "Enough Putin for me", in front of the monument of the Prince Vladimir next to the Kremlin in Moscow. Putin is just a step away from bringing about the constitutional changes that would allow him to extend his rule until 2036. The vote that would reset the clock on Putin’s tenure in office and allow him to serve two more six-year terms is set to wrap up Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)
FILE - In this April 28, 2019, file photo, President Vladimir Putin, right, listens to Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, back to a camera, during the Easter service in the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow, Russia. Putin is just a step away from bringing about the constitutional changes that would allow him to extend his rule until 2036. The vote that would reset the clock on Putin’s tenure in office and allow him to serve two more six-year terms is set to wrap up Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
FILE - In this June 24, 2020, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he leaves Red Square after the Victory Day military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the Nazi defeat in Moscow, Russia. Putin is just a step away from bringing about the constitutional changes that would allow him to extend his rule until 2036. The vote that would reset the clock on Putin’s tenure in office and allow him to serve two more six-year terms is set to wrap up Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, Pool, File)
FILE - In this March 6, 2020, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, poses for a photo with local citizens in Ivanovo, Russia. Putin is just a step away from bringing about the constitutional changes that would allow him to extend his rule until 2036. The vote that would reset the clock on Putin’s tenure in office and allow him to serve two more six-year terms is set to wrap up Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 29, 2020, file photo, a man holds a banner with a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin, reads "Russia without Putin", as he attends a march in memory of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov in Moscow, Russia. Putin is just a step away from bringing about the constitutional changes that would allow him to extend his rule until 2036. The vote that would reset the clock on Putin’s tenure in office and allow him to serve two more six-year terms is set to wrap up Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)
FILE - In this March 6, 2020, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin visits the stock company "Polyot", manufacturing parachute systems, in Ivanovo, Russia. Putin is just a step away from bringing about the constitutional changes that would allow him to extend his rule until 2036. The vote that would reset the clock on Putin’s tenure in office and allow him to serve two more six-year terms is set to wrap up Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 29, 2020, file photo, protester holds a poster reading "Tired of" during a rally in memory of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov in St. Petersburg, Russia. Putin is just a step away from bringing about the constitutional changes that would allow him to extend his rule until 2036. The vote that would reset the clock on Putin’s tenure in office and allow him to serve two more six-year terms is set to wrap up Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, File)
FILE - In this June 24, 2020, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, watches the Victory Day military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the Nazi defeat in Moscow. Putin is just a step away from bringing about the constitutional changes that would allow him to extend his rule until 2036. The vote that would reset the clock on Putin’s tenure in office and allow him to serve two more six-year terms is set to wrap up Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (Sergei Guneyev/Host Photo Agency via AP, File)
FILE - In this March 25, 2020, file photo, people walk past a billboard reads "Our country, our constitution, our decision" in a street in Moscow, Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin is just a step away from bringing about the constitutional changes that would allow him to extend his rule until 2036. The vote that would reset the clock on Putin’s tenure in office and allow him to serve two more six-year terms is set to wrap up Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
FILE - In this June 23, 2020, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu leave Red Square after the Victory Day military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the Nazi defeat in Moscow, Russia. Putin is just a step away from bringing about the constitutional changes that would allow him to extend his rule until 2036. The vote that would reset the clock on Putin’s tenure in office and allow him to serve two more six-year terms is set to wrap up Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (Yekaterina Shtukina/Sputnik Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)
FILE - In this June 22, 2020, file photo, a worker cleans an electronic scoreboard reading "All-Russia voting, July 1, Our Constitution" in the center of Moscow, Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin is just a step away from bringing about the constitutional changes that would allow him to extend his rule until 2036. The vote that would reset the clock on Putin’s tenure in office and allow him to serve two more six-year terms is set to wrap up Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
FILE - In this June 25, 2020, a voter wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus holds his ballot at a polling station in a school building in Moscow, Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin is just a step away from bringing about the constitutional changes that would allow him to extend his rule until 2036. The vote that would reset the clock on Putin’s tenure in office and allow him to serve two more six-year terms is set to wrap up Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
FILE - In this June 25, 2020, file photo, a voter wearing a face mask and protective gloves to protect against coronavirus walks to cast her ballot at a polling station in St. Petersburg, Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin is just a step away from bringing about the constitutional changes that would allow him to extend his rule until 2036. The vote that would reset the clock on Putin’s tenure in office and allow him to serve two more six-year terms is set to wrap up Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, File)
FILE - In this March 26, 2020, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting with business owners and entrepreneurs at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia. Putin is just a step away from bringing about the constitutional changes that would allow him to extend his rule until 2036. The vote that would reset the clock on Putin’s tenure in office and allow him to serve two more six-year terms is set to wrap up Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)
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