Learn English with the News – Putin appeals to Russians to vote to allow him to stay in office until 2036

Russian head of state Vladimir Putin, during new Russian elections, has decided to propose a new constitutional amendment to allow him to stay in office until 2036. Watch the news video and do the accompanying exercises.

The news is a consistent source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist and always comes out with more and more material each day. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it is without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored. 

Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

This is why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with what is happening in the world. We hope our challenging daily exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, will satisfy both of those above worlds in a satisfactory and also entertaining way.

So enough about introductions, let’s get to today’s Learn English with the News topic:

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Now that you’ve had a listen, let’s put your knowledge to the test with some of our vocabulary and comprehension exercises:

Putin appeals to Russians to vote to allow him to stay in office until 2036 | Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

Putin appeals to Russians to vote to allow him to stay in office until 2036 | Fill in the Blank

Fill the empty spaces with the proper words.

Putin appeals to Russians to vote to allow him to stay in office until 2036 | True or False

Indicate which sentences are true and which ones are false.


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Full Text:

Vladimir Putin has exhorted fellow Russians to vote for a slew of constitutional amendments that would also let him stay in office until 2036. Standing before a new statue commemorating the efforts of Soviet soldiers during the second world war on the day before voting ends, Putin appealed to ordinary Russians’ patriotism and their desire for stability without mentioning the stark political implications the vote would have by resetting his term limits and allowing him to seek re-election twice more as president. Putin said in the address, which was broadcast nationally, that the amendments will enshrine values and principles among the highest, unconditional constitutional guarantees. He added that they can guarantee stability, safety, wellbeing and a decent life. Russia’s constitutional vote, an ad-hoc plebiscite that is not quite a referendum, has seen a massive get-out-the-vote effort. Local governments have enticed voters with raffles and cash prizes to increase the turnout. A state-owned pollster has already released a controversial exit poll claiming 76% of voters supported the amendments. The Kremlin is keen to have a high turnout in the vote, which culminates on Wednesday, to show that Putin and his platform enjoy broad support. Critics have attacked the vote, which has continued for a week and allowed online voting, as impossible to monitor. One video circulating on social media showed a family arriving at a polling station this week to discover they had all already voted, according to the official register. When they confronted the head of the polling station, she slams the register shut, telling them to prove it. Analysts have said polling numbers indicate the Kremlin’s desires rather than the reality at the ballot box. VCIOM, the state-run pollster that released the exit polls, was lightly chastised for interfering in the ongoing vote, but not punished.