MOSCOW -- President Vladimir V. Putin announced on Wednesday that he would seek a fourth term as president of Russia in a March election that he is expected to win handily.
A full, six-year term until 2024 would make his 24-year tenure -- including his years as prime minister -- the longest by a Russian leader since Joseph Stalin sat in the Kremlin for 29 years.
It is widely believed that Mr. Putin wants to use what should be his last term, barring further constitutional changes, to cement his place as one of the more important historical figures ever to rule Russia.
It has been a somewhat improbable run for Mr. Putin, 65, who spent the bulk of his early career as a middle-level K.G.B. agent in East Germany.
His strongest rival, Aleksei Navalny, an anti-corruption crusader and opposition politician who organized several large national protests this year, has been barred from running because of a series of criminal cases that he and rights advocates call politically motivated. Yet, even if he were allowed to run, it is doubtful that he would be popular enough to threaten Mr. Putin.
In 2008, term limits forced Mr. Putin to yield the presidency to a handpicked successor, Dmitri Medvedev, and to slide into the prime minister's seat. But he assumed his old position in 2012 with a back room maneuver that prompted mass street demonstrations.
Ever since, the Kremlin has set about undermining the independent news media and any civic society organizations or other groups deemed as having the ability to coordinate public demonstrations.
Mr. Putin, always quick to blame the West in general and the United States in particular for any problems within Russia, accused Hillary Clinton, then secretary of state, of organizing the street protests.
"... accused Hillary Clinton, then secretary of state, of organizing the street protests."
The real reason Sulled-Up hates her.
Vlad is the perfect mentor role model for Trump; a multi-billionaire oligarch President for Life who controls the state media in nationalist authoritarian nation, and skims a percentage offa the top of any big bidness deal done in his country.
"His strongest rival, Aleksei Navalny, an anti-corruption crusader and opposition politician who organized several large national protests this year, has been barred from running because of a series of criminal cases that he and rights advocates call politically motivated. "
Donny Tiny Hands is taking notes and seeing what charges he gin up for 2020.
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Too bad for trump, no matter how hard he emulates putin, he's still fat and stupid while putin isn't.
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