Why Vladimir Putin is shaking up Russia
Vladimir Putin has done it again. Facing a hard term limit in 2024 and falling approval ratings as the economy stagnates, Russia's president has taken an unexpected gamble to increase his options by reshaping the political system.
Astonishing observers, Putin proposed on Wednesday the most dramatic changes to Russia's constitution since 1993.
Under his plan -- which he promised to submit to a nationwide vote -- the right to choose the prime minister and his government would pass from...