Many people are pressuring the president Vladimir Putin to run for a new six-year term in March, the Kremlin announced today, Friday (8/12). As characteristically pointed out by Dmitry Peskov “the Russian president will announce his decision ‘when he deems it appropriate'”.
Russia’s Central Election Commission announced today that the elections will be held for the first time over three days: from March 15 to 17.
Vladimir Putin, who will hold his annual press conference and take questions from the public on Dec. 14, is widely expected to run again.
Six sources told Reuters last month that the 71-year-old president had decided to run, a move that would keep him in power until at least 2030.
With the opposition politician Alexei Navalny in prison and with other critics abroad following a systematic campaign of repression, Vladimir Putin has no serious political opponent at home.
“Too many people are calling for Putin to run and continue to lead the country”
Asked today about the result of a poll by a state-backed polling firm in which 70 percent of respondents said they wanted Putin to run again, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov replied: “Putin will announce (his decision) when he deems it expedient and appropriate. It will be solely his decision. Putin has always relied on popular support for his work. Its main concern is to improve the living conditions and well-being of our citizens».
Dmitry Peskov added that Russians from across the country and from different age groups have been getting in touch ahead of Putin’s speech and public question time next week to express their support.
“Too many people are calling for Putin to run and continue to lead the country, declaring their full support. This is remarkable,” the Kremlin spokesman concluded.
Source: News Beast
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