There is expectation that Vladamir Putin will throw his hat in the ring for the 2012 elections. He has kept himself busy in Moscow’s affairs as the ‘self-appointed’ prime minister. When asked this past month if he would consider the position, he responded, according to the New York Times, “I’ll think about it.”
As Gravyboatz said, there was an expectation that he would become the next President, and on March 4, 2012, he won his 3rd term. He had sat out the last 4 years and returned with quite a showing at this election. According to some sources, the turnout was 58.3% which was quite a bit higher than the 2008 elections. Not all Russians are happy about Putin’s re-election (this is his 3rd term). They feel as though his style of rule is non transparent. Much needs to be seen as to what will happen during his new term.
As solanahawkeye mentions, Putin won the recent Russian “election” for prime minister despite large protests against Putin and his overwhelming influence. There are claims of widespread fraud in the recent election and Russia has been encouraged to carry out an investigation. There are suspicions of carousel voting and criticism of the lack of competition with Putin. Carousel voting is the practice of people being bussed into vote multiple times, some of whom are supposedly paid by Putin to do so.
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