5 things to know for June 22: Coronavirus, Trump, NASCAR, Putin, statue removal


4. Putin

Russia’s President has hinted strongly in a new interview that he will run again, if a series of constitutional amendments allowing him to do so are approved in a July 1 referendum. Under Russia’s current law, Putin would be required to step down as President in 2024, when his term in office comes to an end. The amendments would pave the way for him to remain in power after his term ends, potentially until 2036. Constitutional changes were already been approved by lawmakers, and by Russia’s supreme court.

5. Statue removal

The latest problematic monument to come down is a statue of Theodore Roosevelt in front of New York’s Museum of Natural History. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the move after the museum had requested that it be removed. The statue features the nation’s 26th President on a horse with a Native American man standing on one side and an African man standing on the other. While it was meant to celebrate Roosevelt as a “devoted naturalist and author of works on natural history,” it also “communicates a racial hierarchy that the museum and members of the public have long found disturbing,” the museum said. The announcement comes as several states grapple with how to handle removals of confederate monuments and other controversial statues.



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