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Vladimir Putin wants to turn the page on the virus crisis that critics say was badly managed and which dented his approval ratingVladimir Putin wants to turn the page on the virus crisis that critics say was badly managed and which dented his approval rating (AFP Photo/Dimitar DILKOFF)

Moscow (AFP) – It took less than a week after he said Russia’s coronavirus crisis had peaked for President Vladimir Putin to fast-track a vote on constitutional reforms allowing him to serve more Kremlin terms.

By pushing ahead with the public vote on July 1 — despite Russia still recording thousands of new cases every day — Putin is looking to regain control of a political agenda forced aside by the pandemic, analysts say.

He

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