Russian President Putin announces re-election bid

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Wednesday that he will run for reelection in 2018. "Thank you for this reaction", Putin said to the vehicle factory team. In case of victory he will stay in office as the head of state for six years, from 2018 to 2024.

President Vladimir Putin has thus made an official announcement about his readiness to run for president for the fifth term.

Putin, who has been in power for the past 18 years, is expected to sail to victory, with only token opponents competing against him. "The Syrian armed forces, supported by the Russian military, have liberated from terrorists nearly the whole territory of the country, including historic Christian regions", Putin said on Monday at a meeting with the heads of Orthodox Christian congregations.

RT reports an "unprecedented" number of women will also run in the upcoming election.

So far, he's served three terms as president and one term as prime minister.

If he extends his rule to 2024, Putin will have led Russian Federation longer than Leonid Brezhnev, who presided over an era of stagnation from 1964 to 1982.

On September 24, 2011, Medvedev invited United Russia to support Putin's candidacy for the 2012 presidential elections.

"There's no better place or opportunity to put my candidacy forward".

If he wins, which he nearly certainly will, Putin will have spent 24 years as Russian leader by the end of his term in 2024, including four years in which he was prime minister but still called the shots.

Until recently, Putin did not give an answer to the question of whether he would run for the presidency in 2018. He declared his election plans at a meeting with veterans and workers of the automobile plant GAZ.

In Russia there are no term limits for leaders, however presidents can only stand for two consecutive terms.

"We must, of course, strengthen our defenses, improve our political system, so that the living standard is developed in accordance with how the whole world is developing", Putin added.

Vanessa Coleman