A picture taken on March 8, 2018 shows Russia's President Vladimir Putin congratulating Russian women on International Women's Day. (AFP / SPUTNIK / Alexey NIKOLSKY)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is expected to be reelected for a fourth term in an upcoming ballot, said Saturday he had no plans to change the constitution to stay in the Kremlin beyond 2024 .Critics accuse Putin, who was first elected president in 2000 and is running for a fourth term in March 18 polls, of harboring ambitions to stay in power indefinitely.Putin has always prided himself on respecting the constitution, which bars him from serving more than two presidential terms in a row.In 2008, Putin became prime minister but maintained his grip on power, with his protege Dmitry Medvedev serving as president until 2012 when Putin returned to the Kremlin in the face of huge opposition protests.Putin declined to say whether he could pardon Navalny.
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