Putin to Stay in Power Past 2024, Sources Say

By Hamodia Staff

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Members of Russia’s Young Army Cadets National Movement during National Unity Day in Moscow, Russia, on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023. (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to run in the March presidential election, a move that will keep him in power until at least 2030, six sources told Reuters.

After defusing an armed mutiny by the leader of the Wagner mercenary group in June, Putin has moved to shore up support among his core base in the security forces, the armed forces and with regional voters outside Moscow, while Wagner has been brought firmly to heel.

Russian defense, weapons and overall budget spending has soared while Putin has made numerous public appearances, including the regions, over recent months, as he continues his offensive against Ukraine.

“The decision has been made – he will run,” said one of the sources who has knowledge of the planning.

Another source, also acquainted with the Kremlin’s thinking, confirmed that a decision has been made and that Putin’s advisers were preparing for his participation. Three other sources said the decision to run in the March 2024 presidential election had been taken.

The sources spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of Kremlin politics.

One of them said a choreographed hint was due to come within a few weeks, confirming a Kommersant newspaper report last month.

While many diplomats, spies and officials have said they expect Putin to stay in power for life, there has until now been now been no specific confirmation of Putin’s plans to stand for re-election.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin had not yet commented on the issue, adding: “The campaign has not been officially announced yet.”

With reporting from wire services

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