Russian Cosmonaut Votes On Putin's Reforms From ISS
Muhammad Irfan 12 days ago Wed 01st July 2020 | 02:00 AM
Moscow, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 1st Jul, 2020 ) :Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin became the first person to vote online from the International Space Station on Tuesday, the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos announced.
The 51-year-old cosmonaut, who came aboard the ISS in April, cast his ballot as part of a week-long vote to approve constitutional reforms that could extend President Vladimir Putin's rule, Roscosmos said.
Election officials opened polling stations last week to avoid overcrowding outside voting booths that could lead to an increase in virus infections.
The constitutional reforms proposed by Putin earlier this year would reset his presidential term limits, paving the way for him to potentially remain in power until 2036.
The Kremlin is keen to see a high voter turnout and makeshift polling stations cropped up across the country, including some in buses, tents and on street benches that were ridiculed on social media.
The reforms also enshrine "faith in God" and Russian as the national language in the constitution, define marriage as between a man and a woman and ban giving away Russian territory or questioning the country's "historical truth".