Vladimir Putin Has Asked Two Russian Museum Directors to Help Him Rewrite the Country’s Constitution
Tretyakov State Gallery director Zelfira Tregulova gives Russian President Vladimir Putin a tour of “Roma Aeterna – Masterpieces of the Vatican Pinacotheca: Bellini, Raphael, Caravaggio” in 2017. Photo courtesy of the Kremlin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announced Wednesday, to institute widespread constitutional reforms and will rely in part on two major Russian art-world figures.
Mikhail Piotrovsky, the director of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, and Zelfira Tregulova, the director of the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow are among those named to a 75-member working group tasked with drafting constitutional amendments are two of the country’s leading museum officials.
Political analysts say the plan to rewrite the constitution, which Putin revealed during his annual state-of-the-nation address, is his attempt to retain power past the end of his term in 2024. In a surprise move, prime minister and former president Dmitry Medvedev announced that the country’s entire government would be stepping down to help make way for Putin’s proposed changes.