Polls present that Putin, who has dominated Russia’s political panorama for the final 17 years as both president or prime minister, is heading in the right direction to comfortably win one other six-year time period. That might enable him to rule till 2024, when he’ll flip 72.
The previous KGB officer is operating as an unbiased, a transfer seen as a means of strengthening his picture as a “father of the nation” relatively than as a celebration political determine.
The ruling United Russia get together and the Simply Russia get together have each stated they’ll assist him.
Allies laud Putin for restoring nationwide pleasure and increasing Moscow’s international clout with interventions in Syria and Ukraine.
However opposition chief Alexei Navalny, who has been barred from the election over a suspended jail sentence he says was fabricated, says Putin has been in energy too lengthy and that his assist is artificially maintained by a biased state media and an unfair system which excludes real opponents.
Navalny has known as for a boycott of the election, elevating the prospect of large-scale protests and clashes with the police.
(Reporting by Katya Golubkova and Polina Nikolskaya; Writing by Andrew Osborn; Enhancing by Andrew Bolton)
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