Duma Deputy seeks to expand Putin's power

Duma state deputy Yevgeny Fyodorov offered to grant Russian President Vladimir Putin emergency powers, he stated in an interview with Sobesednick news.

"We are experiencing an external aggression, a geopolitical war. Naturally, the importance of the role of the Commander in Chief in a time of a war rises sharply. And today, in my opinion, the head of state, Putin should be granted extraordinary powers for a while. For example, it can last until 2018. This has to happen in order for us to beat back the aggression against Russia and conduct internal reforms, which he was talking about constantly," the deputy said.

If granted, emergency powers would give the Russian President full authority to supersede any acts of parliament, effectively bestowing absolute power on Putin.

  Russia, Putin, Duma, Autocracy

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