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<strong>President Vladimir Putin is set to <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-election/putin-rides-russia-first-wave-toward-election-victory-idUSKCN1GR1OC\">win a fourth term in Russia's presidential elections on March 18,</a> the last term he is allowed under the current rules of the Russian constitution.</strong> <strong>President Vladimir Putin is set to <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-election/putin-rides-russia-first-wave-toward-election-victory-idUSKCN1GR1OC\">win a fourth term in Russia's presidential elections on March 18,</a> the last term he is allowed under the current rules of the Russian constitution.</strong>
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Though there are <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/a-look-at-the-8-candidates-in-russias-presidential-election/2018/03/16/963a5d44-2925-11e8-a227-fd2b009466bc_story.html?utm_term=.fa6ff3703296">eight candidates on the ballot</a>, Putin's rivals trail far behind his 80 percent approval rating (<em>Washington Post</em>). The result is <a href="https://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2018/03/economist-explains-13">not in question</a>, reports <em>The Economist.</em> Though there are <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/a-look-at-the-8-candidates-in-russias-presidential-election/2018/03/16/963a5d44-2925-11e8-a227-fd2b009466bc_story.html?utm_term=.fa6ff3703296">eight candidates on the ballot</a>, Putin's rivals trail far behind his 80 percent approval rating (<em>Washington Post</em>). The result is <a href="https://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2018/03/economist-explains-13">not in question</a>, reports <em>The Economist.</em>
Putin's victory will only be threatened if there is a low turnout – which could hinder his legitimacy as a leader – or if the <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-election/putin-rides-russia-first-wave-toward-election-victory-idUSKCN1GR1OC">Russians who oppose him take to the streets on election day.</a> Putin's victory will only be threatened if there is a low turnout – which could hinder his legitimacy as a leader – or if the <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-election/putin-rides-russia-first-wave-toward-election-victory-idUSKCN1GR1OC">Russians who oppose him take to the streets on election day.</a>
The president, who is <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/09/14/putin-quietly-becomes-longest-serving-russian-leader-since-stalin/?utm_term=.ee3e2739a061">the longest-serving leader since Communist Party leader Joseph Stalin</a> <em>(Washington Post)</em>, has carved a public image of himself as a fierce defender of Russia's national interests against hostile Western governments.  The president, who is <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/09/14/putin-quietly-becomes-longest-serving-russian-leader-since-stalin/?utm_term=.ee3e2739a061">the longest-serving leader since Communist Party leader Josef Stalin</a> <em>(Washington Post)</em>, has carved a public image of himself as a fierce defender of Russia's national interests against hostile Western governments.
Another term would take him to <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-election/putin-rides-russia-first-wave-toward-election-victory-idUSKCN1GR1OC">nearly a quarter century in power</a> and would come on the back of an international standoff between Russia and Britain over the <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/09/espionage/how-nerve-agent-attack-could-be-a-new-chapter-in-kremlins-playbook-experts/54186/">poisoning of a former Russian double agent on UK soil</a>. While the British government has said that Moscow is responsible for the attack the Kremlin denies any wrongdoing. Another term would take him to <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-election/putin-rides-russia-first-wave-toward-election-victory-idUSKCN1GR1OC">nearly a quarter century in power</a> and would come on the back of an international standoff between Russia and Britain over the <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/09/espionage/how-nerve-agent-attack-could-be-a-new-chapter-in-kremlins-playbook-experts/54186/">poisoning of a former Russian double agent on UK soil</a>. While the British government has said that Moscow is responsible for the attack the Kremlin denies any wrongdoing.
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