Russia's Vladimir Putin seeks fourth term as president

Russia's Vladimir Putin seeks fourth term as president

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Wednesday that he will run for reelection in 2018. He served two terms as president, from 2000 to 2008.

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, who was then a deputy chief of staff at the Kremlin, led the second for Putin presidential election campaign in 2004.

Putin is seeking a fourth term as president. Putin told workers. "I'm sure that together we will succeed". "I will run for president".

Asked by the announcer whether he would run in the election, which is scheduled for March 18, Putin responded by asking whether the mostly young audience members and others like them would support his candidacy.

Putin's approval rating tops 80 percent, and is virtually assured victory in next year's election, the AP story said.

The GAZ factory is one of the country's most emblematic industrial giants.

For months, Putin fended off questions about his plans, fueling speculation about possible motives behind the delay in declaring his candidacy. At the end of that stretch, he became prime minister to his close ally, Dmitry Medvedev - and Russian Federation then changed its law to make the presidency run for six-year terms.

Valentina Matviyenko, the speaker of the upper house of the Russian parliament, said Putin's announcement helped end "anxiety and tensions in the society". Otherwise, Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov, 73, and nationalist firebrand Vladimir Zhirinovsky, 71, - both political retreads - are likely to run.

The Russian television journalist Ksenia Sobchak has confirmed she will stand for election as well, while the main opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, is now barred from standing after he was found guilty of embezzlement, a charge he claims was politically motivated.

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