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Russian President Vladimir Putin announces reelection bid

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday declared his intention to seek reelection in March, a vote he appears certain to win.The Russian leader chose an enthusiastic audience of the GAZ automobile factory workers in Nizhny Novgorod to make the announcement.“I couldn’t find a better place and moment for that,” he said, to massive applause. “Thank you for your support. I will run for president.”Putin has been in power in Russia since 2000. He served two presidential terms in 2000-2008, then shifted into the prime minister’s seat because of term limits, but continued calling the shots while his ally Dmitry Medvedev served as placeholder president. Medvedev had the presidential term extended to six y ...