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    December 6, 2017

    CONFIRMED: Putin to run for President in 2018

    December 6, 2017 - Fort Russ - 
    By Special Editor Jafe Arnold - 

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has officially announced his candidacy for Russia's presidential elections, which are currently set for March 18, 2018. 

    Putin made this much-anticipated announcement today at an event with factory workers at Nizhny Novgorod's famous Gorky Automobile Plant. 

    "I am going to put forth my candidacy for the position of President of the Russian Federation," Putin announced and was met with applause. 

    "Russia is only going to move forward, and no one will ever stop it," he added.

    The full list of presidential candidates has yet to be confirmed. As things stand now, Putin will be challenged by his traditional contestants, Gennady Zyuganov of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, and Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party. The Russian United Democratic Party Yabloko's head, Grigory Yavlinsky, and the TV hostess Ksenia Sobchak have also advertised their intentions to run. The candidacy proposal process is still open. 

    Currently all major polling agencies and public opinion research institutes forecast that Putin will win the elections. 

    Putin has been President of the Russian Federation since 2012. Before, he served as President from 2000 to 2008 and as Prime Minister from 2008-2012.

    Putin announcing his candidacy at the 85th anniversary of the Gorky Automobile Plant

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