President Vladimir Putin announced his intention to run in the 2018 presidential elections at an event in Nizhny Novgorodon on Wednesday. The incumbent president was speaking to workers from a car factory in the Volga region. Putin had been widely expected to put forward his candidacy for next year’s elections. He enjoys a healthy lead in opinion polls. The President of the Russian Federation... Еще was first elected to the post of president in March 2000. Four years later he was re-elected. From 2008 to 2012 he was prime minister and in 2012 he once again assumed the Presidency.