The looming question is not whether Putin will stay in control after 2024, but how he plans to do so
Vladimir Putin made two things clear as he embarked on a sweeping reshuffle of Russia’s government on Wednesday: first, that Russia will probably bid farewell to him as president after 2024. And second, that when he leaves the presidency, he will definitely not be leaving power.
No one really expected Putin to retire in 2024, when term limits dictate he cannot run for re-election. But pride and an interest in self-preservation dictate that he keep his hands on the levers of power.
(August 9, 1999) Acting prime minister
Vladimir Putin’s selection for Russia’s next prime minister is a loyal technocrat seen as a capable placeholder while the Russian president plans for his political succession.
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