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Putin Says His Return to Kremlin Will Strengthen Rule in Russia

October 11, 2011

Oct. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said his decision to return to the presidency next year will strengthen Russia’s political system.

“The decision that we took with Medvedev is absolutely right and won’t weaken but will strengthen the system of government in Russia,” Putin said in an interview with Chinese state media in Beijing today. “We are counting on the support of the electorate.”

Putin, 59, said on Sept. 24 he’ll seek to return to the presidency in March elections, pushing aside his protege, Dmitry Medvedev, who replaced him in the Kremlin for four years because of a constitutional ban on three consecutive presidential terms.

Two more six-year terms would give Putin 24 years as Russia’s head of state, making him the longest-serving leader since the Soviet Union’s Josef Stalin.

--With assistance from Henry Meyer in Moscow. Editors: Leon Mangasarian, Eddie Buckle.

To contact the reporters on this story: Ilya Arkhipov in Beijing at iarkhipov@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at bpenz@bloomberg.net


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