All 43 voters of the Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution that will give the right to officially mark Putin as a dictator and called on world leaders to recognise Putin as illegitimate after his self-proclaimed presidential term ends in 2024. Putin has been in power for 23 years. Since 2000, he has been acting as president or prime minister of the Russian Federation. In addition, in 2020, the Russian authorities amended the constitution, which allows Putin to be president until 2036. Thus, the tsar was recognised as a dictator, and Russia is a federation with a dictatorship.
"PACE calls on member States of the Council of Europe to recognise Vladimir Putin illegitimate at the end of his current presidential term and to stop any contact with him, except for humanitarian contacts and in the pursuit of peace," the document says.
The Council of Europe emphasised that Russia no longer has a system of checks and balances: a strong parliament, an independent judiciary, a free media and an active civil society. So, the country is already dictatorial. In addition, PACE was once again reminded of the need for an international tribunal for kremlinist for all crimes: from the annexation of Crimea and the downing of Boing-777 to violent arbitrariness on the territory of Ukraine.