AP - Putin To Top Stalin: May Seek 4th TermSubmitted by emalvini on Thu, 09/19/2013 - 13:19
AP - Putin To Top Stalin: May Seek 4th Term
By LYNN BERRY
— Sep. 19 12:46 PM EDT
VALDAI, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that he could run for a fourth presidential term in 2018. If he does and wins, that would keep him in power for about a quarter century and make him the nation's longest-serving leader since Josef Stalin.
Putin, who served two consecutive four-year terms starting in 2000, became prime minister in 2008 to observe a constitutional limit of two consecutive terms. He remained in charge as prime minister, with his loyal associate, Dmitry Medvedev, serving as a placeholder.
Medvedev initiated a law that extended the presidential term to six years, and Putin won a third term in 2012 despite major public protests in Moscow against his rule.