Hours after President Vladimir Putin proposed a constitutional amendment, the Russian government resigned, and more confusion came.
The incident was unexpected, and even government ministers were unaware that their offices would be closed.
Does this step mean what the New Year's work will be like - getting rid of the old and bringing something new?
But it was clear that Vladimir Putin, 67, had changed his mind. With four years left to run and 20 years in office, he is sure to plan ahead.
Now, a new government is being set up under Mikhail Mishustin, the man who reformed the hated tax service in the country, and on the other hand Mr Putin's career has ended since he became president.
Dmitry Medvedev even once held the position of president for four years, because the constitution did not allow Mr Putin.
Mr Medvedev, the lesser known leader of the Russian Communist Party, does not go straight away, but in his new role, the deputy head of the Russian Security Council is far from the task of governing the country.
"It is a way for him to stay close to the government without having to deal with the administration. That means he has just resumed, because the Security Council is the fence within Putin," said Alexander Baunov of the Center for Foreign Research and Development. security at Carnegie Moscow Center.
Mr Putin is heading for the same process he did when he finished second term in office, when Dmitry Medvedev retained his position. But this time the president will not hold the vacant seat of the Prime Minister. It now appears that Mr Putin's fourth term in office is his last.
What is it then?
As it turns out, Putin's re-election will require more parliamentary power - starting with selecting the Prime Minister and endorsing the cabinet.
But that won't happen by itself. Because Mr Putin has selected the Prime Minister to replace Mr Medvedev, the parliament's job is only to ratify it.
Whether more power can be given to parliament is not yet clear. "They will be the same members of parliament and nothing will change," said Sergei Goryashko, a BBC correspondent in Russia.
What President Putin is now proposing is for the people to take a referendum on constitutional reform - and it will be the first vote since 1993.
One of the other things President Putin wants to do is that he wants to form an independent government, which will have the power to reform the constitution.
"The fact that he has now opened up the debate on the national council shows that he wants to establish a powerhouse, where he can move when he resigns," Mr Baunov said.
The Russian government resigned completely when President Vladimir Putin proposed a viable plan to stay in office for a long time.
The resigned prime minister said the reason for his resignation was to accelerate the president's plan, so that Russia could have a new political face.
If the constitutional amendment to a public referendum is implemented, it will lead to the president's power circulating in parliament.
President Putin, according to the constitution, plans to step down by 2024, at the end of his four-term term, but there are rumors that he may want to take another position. , that is why the constitution is changing.
There are also reports that he intends to exercise Russian control indirectly.
Mr Putin presented the new proposal to the Russian parliament during his address to the two Houses of Parliament.
Sources close to the Russian government told the BBC that the cabinet was unaware of the prime minister's resignation before announcing the new plan. No one expected this to happen.
Russia's opposition leader Alexei Navalny has opposed the country's referendum, saying that any referendum on the country would be futile, with the aim of extending Putin's rule.