In a strategic move to prolong his influential tenure, Russian President Vladimir Putin, despite grappling with the ongoing Ukrainian war and internal dissent, has announced his bid for another six years in power. With approximately 80% public approval, Putin faces minimal opposition as he gears up for the 2024 election, leveraging constitutional amendments to potentially remain in office well into his mid-80s, as reported by AP.
The 71-year-old leader, already the longest-serving Kremlin figure since Josef Stalin, has adeptly navigated challenges to his authority, including a brief rebellion in June by mercenary leader Yevgeny Prigozhin. The unexpected death of Prigozhin in a mysterious plane crash further solidified Putin's image of unwavering control.
Political analysts suggest that Putin's decision to prolong his rule may stem from the challenges faced in Ukraine, where the conflict, initially envisioned as a quick and victorious war, has turned into a protracted and grueling struggle. The war's impact on rising prosperity, a key element of Putin's popularity, presents unforeseen challenges, forcing him to adapt his political strategy.
While recent speculation about Putin's health surfaced following photos showing a bloated face, the leader remains active in public appearances, dispelling concerns.