Vladimir Putin said today that he will run for the presidency again in the March 2024 elections. This was reported by Russian press agencies, according to which the participants of the interview with the head of state, which took place after the ceremony in the Kremlin on the occasion of the Day of Heroes of the Fatherland, told the journalists.
Putin has been in power for over 23 years. He was prime minister from August 1999, and in March 2000 he won the presidential election for the first time. Four years later, he repeated the victory with ease. Due to the constitution, he could not then run for a third consecutive mandate, so he became prime minister and chose Dmitri Medvedev as his successor in the presidential chair. In 2012, he and Medvedev switched positions: Putin again won the presidential election, and was re-elected in 2018.
In January 2021, Putin signed a law that allows him to run for the post of head of state twice more. The legislation is based on proposed amendments to the constitution that Russians voted in a referendum in 2020. The president is elected for six years in Russia, so Putin can be president until 2036, when he would be 83 years old and would have had 36 years of can.
The AP agency today described Putin’s victory in the elections, which will be held from March 15 to 17 next year, as “almost certain” due to the imprisonment of potential opponents from the opposition or their expulsion into emigration. According to polls, Putin’s popularity was not affected by the war against Ukraine, which he started last February.