“Putin to come back next spring”, headlines Gazeta Wyborcza writing on the “biggest riddle in Russian politics in recent years:” the Kremlin succession that is to follow presidential elections next March. Last weekend, the ruling United Russia Party, as well as current president Dmitry Medvedev, officially announced their support for candidate Putin’s return to the highest post in the country — Vladimir Vladimirovich served as head of State between 2000 and 2008. “Even though the presidential election is almost half a year away, we already know who will be the winner”, writes the Warsaw daily. According to independent Russian commentator Leonid Radzihovsky, “Putin has long been seen as the leader of the nation” and has, in fact, no competition as the “ethics and professionalism of [Russian] elites continues to decline”.
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