Vladimir Putin Declares Run for Presidency

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin wants his old position back.

The United Russia party officially nominated Putin as its presidential candidate for next year’s election, almost assuring that the 58-year-old leader will retake the position he held from 2000 to 2008. The administration party also approved a deal that would allow incumbent President Dmitry Medvedev to slide down to prime minister.

Putin endorsed Medvedev as his successor back in 2008 when he was not allowed to seek reelection due to limitations set by the country’s law. Putin, however, remained to be very influential even more than Medvedev, who was viewed as a mere caretaker of the presidency. The Russian presidential election will be held on March 4, 2012, a few months after parliamentary elections. If Putin wins, he would serve for six years instead of the current four-year term due to constitutional changes set to take effect next year.

The fractured Russian opposition has yet to field a candidate who will face Putin, although the chances of the prime minister getting derailed in his way back to the presidency is almost zero due to the overwhelming influence of the United Russia party.