Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he would seek re-election in March 2018, a contest opinion polls show he will win comfortably. The 65-year-old Putin has been in power, either as President or Prime Minister, since 2000.
If he wins what would be a fourth presidential term in March, he would be eligible to serve another six years until 2024, when he turns 72. Putin is lauded by allies as a father of the national figure who has restored national pride and expanded Moscow’s global clout with interventions in Syria and Ukraine
The challenge for Putin is not other candidates, nobody looks capable of unseating him. Instead, his toughest task will be to mobilize an electorate showing signs of apathy to ensure a high turnout which in the tightly-controlled limits of the Russian political system is seen to confer legitimacy.