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Russian President Vladimir Putin announces reelection bid

Russian President Vladimir Putin announces reelection bid

After months of speculation about how and when he would declare his candidacy, Russian President Vladimir Putin Wednesday announced his intention to run for reelection in March 2018.

Putin, 65, is widely expected to win what will be his sixth term, extending his rule until 2024. He has been either president or prime minister since 1999, so reelection would make him Russia’s longest-serving leader since the Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

Putin made the announcement at the GAZ automobile factory in Nizhny Novgorod, a city about 260 miles from Moscow. He was there to celebrate the factory’s 65th anniversary, but a question from a factory worker prompted what seemed like a...

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