“Someone else could be Russia’s president in 2018”–Putin



Putin said that in someone else could be the President ofthe Russian Federation in 2018

Translated from Russian by J.Hawk

The current president of Russia Vladimir Putin announced at
the meeting of WorldSkills International director Simon Bartley that another
politician could be Russia’s president in 2018.

Putin said that commenting on Bartley’s statement that “the
presence of the country’s leader at the opening or closing of the World
Championship in Working Professions would be an advantage when considering the
Russian application.” It is believed that the championship will be held in

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Vladimir Putin believes that the president’s task is “to
work for the good of Russia and its citizens”, without ruling out his
participation in the next presidential election. He also said that he has no
intention of being “the head of state for life”. According to Putin, those who
are “holding on to their seat with hands and teeth” are unavoidably doomed to

J.Hawk’s Comment: It does seem likely that Putin will go
into retirement in the next few years—at any rate, it’s hard to imagine him as
president at the age of 70. Besides, his place in history books is secure, and
it’s unlikely that Russian government policies would change much after his
departure. He is not the “tyrannical ruler” of Western propaganda but, quite
simply, the chief executive of the Russian state. That’s what he was picked to
do, and that’s what he did well.

The only question is of succession. It will almost certainly
be a member of the “nobility of the sword”, or Russia’s national security
apparatus. The business side of the government, the “nobility of the cloth”,
has not performed as well, and its representatives (most notably—Medvedev) can’t
hold a candle to the popularity of the “chekists.”

So, who’s Russia’s next president? My educated guess is that
it will come down to a choice between Sergey Ivanov and Sergey Shoygu.  They combine modesty, competence, and the
ability to pursue the balanced internal and foreign policy that characterized
Russia during Putin’s tenure as President and/or Prime Minister.

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