As the West projects Putin as a war criminal and a dictator who has led Russia into an imperial state with it land grab agenda that has weakened Russia and forged Ukrainian statehood. The Kremlin boss is aspiring to rule for life.

The 71yrs old Putin, who succeeded Boris Yeltsin as the president of Russia since 1999, who has already served as president for longer than any other Russian ruler since Josef Stalin, beating even Leonid Brezhnev’s 18-year tenure, has decided to run in the March presidential election. A move that will keep him in power until least 2030.

The Kremlin chief feels he must steer Russia through the most perilous period in world history. According to reliable source from Kremlin who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of Russian politics.

While many diplomats, political analyst and officials have said they expect Putin to stay in power for life, there has until now been no specific confirmation of Putin’s plans to stand for re-election.

Though Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin had not yet commented on the issue, adding: “The campaign has not been officially announced yet.”

The former KGB spy is counting on the support of the state controlled media, as there appears to be no formidable opposition to his continued rule.

Oleg Orlov, one of Russia’s most respected human rights activist said, “Russia is going backwards, “We left Communist totalitarianism but now have returned to a different kind of totalitarianism.”

While a jailed Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny is of the opinion that Putin has led Russia down a strategic dead end towards ruin, building a brittle system of corrupt sycophants that will ultimately bequeath chaos rather than stability.

Since after the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis and the resulting Western sanctions,the current Russian war in Ukraine has triggered the biggest confrontation with the West. A war that have accelerated inflation, while the rouble has fallen since the war began, and defence spending account for almost one third of Russia’s total budget expenditure in 2024.

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