THE WORLD; A shake-up and other Putin power plays; Russian leader aims to extend authority past 2024 with changes to constitution and new premier, analysts say.
Keeping the top Kremlin perch for two decades is no easy feat. But Russian President Vladimir Putin made it clear Wednesday that he has his eye on an even longer game.
In his annual state-of-the-nation address, Putin called for sweeping constitutional changes that could ultimately consolidate his long-term grip on power -- a dramatic step that was swiftly followed by the resignation of the prime minister and his entire government.
Analysts widely read the Russian leader's proposals -...