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Russian President Vladimir Putin said he had “no choice” to be a candidate for his own succession in March 2024.

Agence France-Presse

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No “other choice”: Vladimir Putin has announced that he is a candidate for a fifth term in the presidential elections on March 17 in Russia, his re-election leaving little doubt after nearly a quarter of a century in power and repression of the opposition.

The Russian head of state, whom a 2020 constitutional revision allows to still be a candidate in 2024 and 2030, can theoretically remain in the Kremlin until 2036, the year he turns 84.

At another time I had other thoughts regarding this question. But I understand that today there is no other choice. So I will run for the post of President of Russia.

A quote from Vladimir Putin

Mr. Putin, 71, was speaking at the Kremlin during an exchange with uniformed fighters, the mother of a soldier killed in Ukraine, a doctor and a factory worker. #x27;a mine to whom he had just presented decorations, during a televised ceremony.

Unusually, the announcement had been made to Russian media a few minutes earlier by a participant in this meeting, Artiom Joga, a fighter and member of the local Russian parliament in Donetsk, an occupied city in eastern Ukraine.

The candidacy is loaded with symbols: heroes, "fathers of Donbass" [a Ukrainian territory claimed by Moscow, editor's note] want to see Putin as president again… Putin chose war, war chooses Putin, analyst Tatiana Stanovaïa commented on Telegram.

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It is not so much about prospering as about surviving, she added, believing that this announcement, intended to be informal, aimed to give the image of a modest Putin, occupied by [ the regulation] real questions.

The Speaker of the Lower House of Parliament, Vyacheslav Volodin, reacted on Telegram by emphasizing the unique qualities of Vladimir Putin, while for his counterpart in the Upper House, Valentina Matvienko, the head of state will never shy away from his responsibilities.

No detractor of the Kremlin should be able to stand in the vote, with the authorities crushing the opposition for years. This repression accelerated with the offensive in Ukraine.

The election will take place March 15-17, shortly after the second anniversary of the outbreak of the ongoing attack on Ukraine and on the eve of the tenth anniversary of the annexation by Russia, in 2014, of a first Ukrainian territory, the Crimean peninsula.

The election will have elsewhere takes place in the Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine, where martial law is currently in force.

After a year 2022 marked by setbacks on the fighting front and a volley of Western sanctions, Vladimir Putin appears at the end of 2023 in a better position with the failure of the counter-offensive started this summer by Ukraine, #x27;crumbling of European and American support for Kiev and the recovery of the national economy.

Almost all of Kiev's opponents ;), like anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny, were thrown in prison or forced into exile.

The Russian Election Commission announced Friday that the vote would take place over three days, a practice introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic, but denounced by the opposition as being a way to facilitate fraud and obtain votes. results expected by those in power.

Mr. Putin was president from 2000 to 2008 and has been again since 2012. Affected by the term limit, he ceded the Kremlin from 2008 to 2012 to an ally, Dmitri Medvedev, but remained in office. as prime minister, the strong man of Russia.

Born in 1952 in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), he ;first had a career as an agent of the KGB, the Soviet secret services, notably in East Germany, before returning to Russia at the breakup of the USSR.

He began his political career at the town hall of Saint Petersburg, before quickly joining the Kremlin and climbing the ranks, cultivating the image of an efficient man, in the midst of the tumult of the 1990s in Russia.

Designated prime minister, then succeeding Boris Yeltsin after his resignation on December 31, 1999, Vladimir Putin gradually restored the economy thanks to hydrocarbon bonanza and brought his country to heel, dismantling the democratic gains of the 1990s and advocating a power policy nostalgic for the USSR, increasingly conservative and anti-Western.

He has fought or supported four wars since coming to power: the second Chechen war (1999-2009), the invasion of part of the Georgia (2008), the intervention in Syria (2015) and the attacks on Ukraine, first in 2014, then in 2022.

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