Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a meeting with members of the Russian summer sports Paralympic team at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia September 19, 2016. REUTERS/Ivan Sekretarev
Reuters: Top CIA analyst sees likely Putin re-election bid
Russian President Vladimir Putin is likely to run for re-election in 2018 and may impose tougher authoritarian rule to curb unrest over the slumping economy, the CIA’s top Russia analyst said on Tuesday.
The rare public comments by Peter Clement, head of the CIA unit that watches Russia, shed light on how some senior U.S. intelligence officials view Putin and where he is taking his country as he prepares an expected run for a fourth presidential term in 2018.
Most intelligence analysts think Putin will run again, as he indicated three years ago, said Clement.“But he’s got to be thinking now, ‘What happens between now and 2018?’”
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WNU editor: This CIA analyst is correct on his assessment that security and the economy are Putin's major concerns .... and that the Russian government is counting their nickels and dimes. Case in point .... all of my business contacts, friends, and family members in Russia are not happy about this .... Russian Duma speaker believes giving up flat tax rate may be considered (TASS). As to Putin running for re-election .... he is definitely thinking about it, but he is also thinking about stepping aside for someone else. My prediction ... if he runs this will be his last election.