Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, is reportedly planning to declare his candidacy for reelection in 2024, a move that may see him hold office until 2030.
Putin has taken steps to gain support from his core base in the armed forces, security forces, and voters in the surrounding areas, even though the Kremlin has not yet formally declared his candidacy.
The report originated with Reuters, citing six sources who are aware of his preparations.
In response to the Reuters story, the Kremlin stated that no announcements had been made.
“Putin has not yet made any statements on this matter. And the campaign itself has not yet been officially announced,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
March 17, 2024 is when the Russian presidential elections are expected to take place.
Putin, who turned 70 last year, held the position of president twice beginning in 2000, with a four-year hiatus during which he served as prime minister. In 2021, the Russian president pushed through constitutional amendments that may have extended his rule until 2036.
Putin has maintained a high level of popularity among Russians despite the war.
This has enabled him to eliminate competitors and project a strongman image.