Vladimir Putin, the former Russian President and current Prime Minister, has accepted a proposal which would enter him in the Russian election in March 2012 for President, a title he held for 8 years.
Dmitry Medvedev, the incumbent (current) President since 2008, is also thinking of running for the Prime Minister. This would mean a complete swap, handing back the main control to Putin and letting Medvedev take a secondary role in leading the expansive, icy Russia. The only reason he was not President for a third term is that United Russia has a bar on 3-term nominees. Now Medvedev has had a term, Putin is legally allowed to run for President and the announcement at the national congress ended speculation on who should run.
“I want to thank you for the positive reaction to the proposal for me to stand for Russian president, for me this is a greathonour.” he told delegates after Mr Medvedev suggested he should be a candidate in the 2012 election. “I am certain that United Russia will win, and based on popular support, Dmitry Medvedev will be able to create a new, effective, young, energetic management team and head the government of the Russian Federation.”
Many Russians believe Putin was a better President than Medvedev has been, and are strongly swayed in his favour. Although, some of his policies would be undesirable to the public, such as social financial strain to reduce international debt. Some also question his sanity, choosing pursuits like Judo and cycling. His personal wealth was also limited to $150,000, about 3.7 million rubles.
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