MOSCOW, 6 Dec. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is on the highest state posts, a total of 18 years, announced Wednesday the intention to compete for a fourth presidential term in elections in March 2018. In the campaign Putin is, having consolidated around “Crimean consensus” society and, as a result, the highest trust rating among Russian politicians coming out of the stagnation of the economy, the defeat of the banned terrorist group “Islamic state”.
All the previous years of Putin’s leadership was characterized by high-profile events and statements by military action in Chechnya and the defeat of the armed groups in the Caucasus, the slogan “doubling the GDP” as the quintessence of economic policy the first years of his presidency, “the Yukos affair” and the subsequent removal of big business from politics, “collection” Russian regions after the desire for greater sovereignty on the ground in the 1990-ies.
However, even against this backdrop, the current President’s six-year-old Putin has become one of the most rewarding. It accommodates Olympic construction in Sochi and the winter Games in 2014, the Crimea referendum on the Peninsula, the abrupt and unprecedented deep deterioration of relations with the West after the aggravation of the situation in Ukraine, the fighting in Syria and the economic recovery after nearly three years of stagnation.
Despite the obvious achievements, Russia still needs to overcome many challenges: technological gap between the advanced digital powers, demographic problems, including an aging population and low birth rate, improving the quality of life of people, especially in the regions. Putin understands these challenges and takes, until March 2018, he will have to convince voters that he knows how to solve these problems.
18 years at the helm
First Putin, then a 46-year-old Director of the Federal security service, led by the government in August 1999. First President Boris Yeltsin named him not only the head of the Cabinet of Ministers, but actually as his successor as head of state. Putin came to power in a period when political positions of Yeltsin staggered under the onslaught of the then popular Communist and gaining electoral unit weight of the former Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov and Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov.
However, the image of the strongman that are created due to service in foreign intelligence, clarity influential then the liberals through work and friendship with the mayor of St. Petersburg Anatoly Sobchak and experience in the Federal government in 1997-1999 allowed Putin quickly enough to consolidate the political and economic elite. Even the vote in the Duma in 1999, the year before twice rejected Yeltsin’s candidacy political heavyweight Viktor Chernomyrdin, was formed for the young candidate in the premiere successfully. In spite of the variegated political composition of the lower house of Parliament, it was approved the first time.
In addition, a very rich and travel schedules Putin. During his presidency, he visited more than 70 countries and made more than 500 trips around the country. Leave Putin prefers to be in Russia, choosing to either their residence in Russia, or remote areas, for example, Tuva. In addition, he often uses the opportunity to gain new experience. Over the years he flew fighter, spent the night on a submarine when it dives down to the bottom of lake Baikal in a submersible, scuba diving in the sea for ancient amphorae, fly trikes together with Siberian cranes hunted in the forest, released into the wild tigers that have learned to play hockey.
Thus, according to his confession at the end of 2007, he is not ashamed of his work because he does it honestly and with full dedication, “like a galley slave”.
In the elections of 2018, he intends to go with the idea to further improve the quality of life of Russians, which implies the same, if not more active, since the processes in the world everything is accelerated, and the competitive environment in which they live in the country, is becoming more stringent.
“It’s always for any person a very important decision, because motive in decision-making can only be the desire to improve the lives of people in our country to make the country more powerful, protected, and looking to the future. And to achieve these goals is possible only under one condition – if the people trust and support,” Putin said on Wednesday.