Russia’s Putin signs bill to lift age limits for top officials

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a video conference call outside Moscow
FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting dedicated to the production of vaccines against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) via a video conference call at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia March 22, 2021. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS

March 24, 2021

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin signed a law on Wednesday allowing civilian officials he has appointed to remain in their posts past the age of 70 if they choose, a government website said.

Previously, high-ranking officials were not permitted to stay on past 65, an age limit that was then extended to 70.

This limit will no longer apply to officials whose appointment and dismissal is decided by the president, according to the new law, signed on Wednesday by Putin, who is himself 68.

A constitutional amendment introduced in the summer of 2020 opened the door to Putin remaining in office until 2036, meaning he could rule until the age of 83.

Following a recent hike to the pension age, it is now set at 65 for men and 60 for women.

(Reporting by Tom Balmforth; Writing by Polina Ivanova; Editing by Alex Richardson)