Putin to contest in the Russian 2018 presidential election

Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that he intends to register as a candidate in the upcoming presidential election, set for March 18 of next year.

Yes, I will run for… president of the Russian Federation,” Putin said. “There is no better place and better reason for this announcement,” he added before thanking the factory workers for their support.

It is not yet clear whether Putin will run as an independent candidate or secure the backing of a political party – most likely the parliamentary majority party United Russia.

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