His longevity came from back and forth mashing between the roles of prime minister and president continuously since 1999. He is considered an autocratic leader, and while the country holds elections, they are widely seen as undemocratic and designed in his favor. Election observers said the 2018 presidential vote was “too controlled” and “had no real competition. ”
Putin’s length as a rule already puts him in the company of autocrats like Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who had the constitution changed so that he could extend his rule to 35 years in total.
Should it be the rule of Russia for two reigns of Putin reigns no longer resemble those of Cameroon, Paul Biya, Equatorial Guinea Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Iran Ali Khamenei and Cambodia, Hun Sen, all of whom have been in power for over 35 years.