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2018 election is no problem for Putin – but what about 2024?

Vladimir Putin dominates Russian politics, but legally he can only serve two terms
‘I don’t think Putin has made a decision about what he will do in 2024,’ said a source close to the Kremlin. Photograph: Mikhail Metzel/Tass

Less than six weeks before a presidential vote, Russia should be right in the thick of a heated election campaign. But with Vladimir Putin’s victory on 18 March all but in the bag, the thoughts of the Russian elite are occupied with a much bigger electoral problem: what happens at the next vote, in 2024?

With nothing much at stake this time around, the Kremlin’s most pressing problem for the 2018 vote is ensuring enough people show up on polling day to make the turnout percentage respectable – which the opposition are trying to bring down through calls for a boycott. The problems on the 2024 horizon are far more

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