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Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (born 7 October 1952) is a Russian politician and former intelligence officer who has served as President of Russia since 2012, previously holding the position from 1999 until 2008. He was also the Prime Minister of Russia from 1999 to 2000 and again from 2008 to 2012.

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Russia intensifies crackdown on same-sex marriage

Russian president Vladimir Putin has signed a series of constitutional amendments to intensify the crackdown on LGBTQ+ rights in the country, including a formal ban on same-sex marriage and laws to prevent trans people from adopting children.

According to the Associated Press, the amendments emphasised that “a belief in god” and heteronormative notions of family remain core ideals for Russian authorities and citizens.

The amendments, which were approved in 2020 after being backed by 78% of Russian voters, also contained a clause which will allow Putin to stay in power until 2036.

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