Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev resigns

Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev resigns shortly after Putin proposed increasing prime minister’s powers in move seen as bid by Vladimir to stay at the helm after presidential term ends

Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev has today resigned along with his government as president Vladimir Putin tightens his grip on power. 

Medvedev submitted his resignation shortly after Putin announced a package of reforms which are seen as a bid to stay in power after his term ends in 2024. 

Putin, who has been governing in tandem with Medvedev since 2008, said the PM’s cabinet had ‘failed to fulfill all the objectives set for it’.  

The outgoing PM is expected to stay on as part of Putin’s security council, Russian media says.  

Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev (pictured) has resigned along with his government

Putin’s is due to step down as president in 2024 and the Russian constitution prevents him from running for a third consecutive term. 

Today he announced plans to shift power from the presidency to parliament and the prime minister – which could allow Putin to remain in charge as PM. 

The 67-year-old has been in power as either president or prime minister since 1999, longer than any other Russian or Soviet leader since Josef Stalin. 

After his first two terms as president ended in 2008, he circumvented the term limit by shifting into the prime minister’s seat while Medvedev served as president. 

In 2012 he returned to the top job and appointed the loyal Medvedev as prime minister.  

Re-elected to a six-year term in 2018, Putin has seen his approval ratings fall to some of their lowest levels, though still far above those of most Western leaders.