Putin says it’s time for him to nominate his possible successor

Moscow-President Vladimir Putin told the Russians on Wednesday that it would be time for him to nominate his possible successor in the Kremlin, but that the choice ultimately lies with voters.

Putin, 68, has been in power as president or prime minister since the turn of the century. His current six-year term in the Kremlin is due to end in 2024, and his remarks have been scrutinized for clues as to whether he plans to extend his rules. I am.

Russia changed its constitution at Putin’s request last year, executing two more six-year terms in the Kremlin and could remain president until 2036.

The Kremlin is at a subtle political turning point where relations with Western nations are severely tense and oil-dependent economies are emerging from the pandemic with high inflation, weak rubles, and sensitive issues for voters.

Russia will hold a parliamentary election in September, which is considered a dry run for the 2024 presidential election. In the preparatory stage, authorities fell sharply on the opposition and outlawed the Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s network as “extremists.”

“In my opinion that we will lead a wonderful country like our hometown of Russia, there will come a time when such a person is suitable,” Putin said.

Russian leaders spoke during his annual Q & A session on state television to show that the Kremlin used in political messages and touched on the daily concerns of the Russians on a regular basis. Was there.

“Signal. There will be a successor,” political analyst Alexei Chesnakov, who worked in the presidential administration, wrote in Telegram’s messenger.

Putin, a Cold War KGB officer, came to power in December 1999 after being appointed acting president by his sick predecessor, Russia’s first post-Soviet president, Boris Yeltsin.

Vladimir Soldatkin and Andrew Osborne

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