President Vladimir Putin is set to win a fourth term in the Russian presidential elections on March 18, reports Reuters. However, it would be the last term he is allowed by current rules in the Russian constitution.
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His victory will only be threatened if there is a low turnout – which could hinder his legitimacy as a leader – or if the Russians who oppose him take to the streets on election day.
The president, who is the longest serving leader since Communist Party leader Joseph Stalin, has carved a public image of himself as a fierce defender of Russia’s national interests against hostile Western governments. Another term would take Putin to nearly a quarter century in power.
His expected win will come on the back of an international standoff between Russia and Britain over the poisoning of a former Russian double agent on UK soil. Fingers point to Moscow however the Kremlin denies any wrongdoing.
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