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MOSCOW: Soon after Vladimir Putin is re-elected Sunday, his thoughts will turn to the question that is likely to dominate his next term as Russia's president: what will he do when it ends?Putin has at least three main options.PUTIN FOREVERPutin is so entrenched within Russia's ruling system that many of its members can imagine no other leader.Putin, who became prime minister for four years, secured re-election when Medvedev's term ended in 2012, and Medvedev has been prime minister since then.Medvedev's ratings are much lower than Putin's but the ruling elite could accept him as a tried-and-tested proxy for Putin.FATIGUE Age, though, might now get in the way for Putin.Putin will want to ensure any successor can hold on to power, will protect him and will not dismantle the system built around him.
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