Putin has been in power in Russia since 2000. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
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Putin has been in power in Russia since 2000 . He served two presidential terms in 2000-2008, then shifted into the prime minister's seat because of term limits, but continued calling the shots while his ally, Dmitry Medvedev, served as placeholder president.Medvedev had the presidential term extended to six years and then stepped down to let Putin reclaim the presidency in 2012 . If Putin serves another six-year term that would run through 2024, he would reach the milestone for longest tenure as leader since Stalin.While few doubted that Putin would run in the March 18 election, a delay in announcing his bid was seen as part of the Kremlin's political maneuvering.Some thought Putin would step down and name a preferred successor.
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