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Russia election: Putin to run again for president.
  Wednesday 06 December, 2017
Russia election: Putin to run again for president.

Russia's Vladimir Putin has said he will seek another term as president in next year's election.

He made the announcement in a speech to workers at a car factory in the Volga city of Nizhny Novgorod.

"I will put forward my candidacy for the post of president of the Russian federation," he said.

Mr Putin has been in power since 2000, either as president or prime minister. If he wins the March election he will be eligible to serve until 2024.

Russian TV journalist Ksenia Sobchak has already said she will stand in the election but opinion polls suggest Mr Putin will win easily.

Russia's main opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, has been formally barred from standing because he was found guilty of embezzlement - a charge he claims was politically motivated.

Mr Putin is popular with many Russians, who see him as a strong leader who has restored Russia's global standing with a decisive military intervention in the Syrian civil war and Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

But his critics accuse him of facilitating corruption and illegally annexing Crimea, which has led to international condemnation

Vladimir Putin: From spy to president

Born 7 October 1952 in Leningrad (now St Petersburg)
Studies law and joins KGB after university
Serves as a spy in communist East Germany - some ex-KGB comrades later get top state posts in Putin era
1990s - top aide to St Petersburg mayor Anatoly Sobchak, who had previously taught him law
Enters Boris Yeltsin's Kremlin in 1997, made chief of Federal Security Service (the FSB - main successor of the KGB), then prime minister
New Year's Eve, 1999 - Yeltsin quits and names him acting president
Easily wins presidential election in March 2000
Wins a second term in 2004
Is barred from running for a third successive term by the Russian constitution, but instead becomes prime minister
Wins a third presidential term in 2012

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42256140

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