Vladimir Putin files nomination for 2018 re-election bid

Russian President Vladimir Putin filed documents with electoral officials to run for re- election next year, a day after hundreds of politicians, celebrities and sports figures backed his bid.

Putin visited the Central Election Commission, handing over his passport and 300,000 signatures required by Russian legislation for those running as independent candidates.

The 65-year-old strongman, who will face only token opposition candidates, will extend his term until 2024, making him the longest-serving Russian leader since dictator Joseph Stalin.


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