7 December 2017
Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed that he would run for re-election in March 2018. Putin has been in power since 2000 either as president or prime minister. If he wins what would be a fourth presidential term, he will be eligible to serve another six years until 2024. But nobody including the opposition leader Navalny looks capable of unseating him. The re-election is a contest he seems sure to win comfortably and extend his grip on power into a third decade.