Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a meeting with employees of the GAZ automobile factory in the city of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, on December 6, 2017. (RIA NOVOSTI PHOTO)  MOSCOW, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) – Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Wednesday that he will seek a new term in next year's presidential election, which analysts say will almost certainly win easily.
"I will stand firm as a candidate for the office of president of the Russian Federation," Putin said during a meeting with employees of a car manufacturing plant in the city of Nizhny Novgorod.
Despite a growing number of candidates, Putin is expected to win heavily. crush the "plebiscite-type election", which is scheduled for March 18, 2018.
"It will be a referendum on public confidence in Vladimir Putin, this is due to the actual disposition of the political forces," said Mikhail Remizov, President of the National Strategy Institute.
He added that it would be an important issue to encourage public interest in next year's elections, since "the result is perfectly clear for Putin supporters and their opponents", which leads to growing apathy and indifference among voters .
According to Remizov, public attention now focuses mainly on Putin's agenda in the elections, his priorities and plans for the next term.
"The main task (for national leaders) is to formulate a pioneering program on national development … We need Indian or Chinese development today, and we have not yet reached that level. So the question of how to promote the economy and how ensuring high rates of economic growth remains the key, "he said.
Putin was elected president of Russia in 2000 and re-elected in 2004. From 2008 to 2012, he served as prime minister. In 2012, Putin was elected president again.
Currently, Putin's approval rate is around 80 percent, according to public opinion polls.
So far, several people have officially declared their intention to join the presidency 2018 race, including Vladimir Zhirinovsky, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, Grigory Yavlinsky, founder of the Liberal Party Yabloko, and Maxim Suraikin, head of the Communist Party From Russia.
The list also includes television presenter Ksenia Sobchak, businessman Sergei Polonsky, as well as singer and journalist Ekaterina Gordon.
Opposition leader Alexei Navalny also hopes to participate, but can not do so because of his previous conviction, according to the Russian Electoral Central. General commission.
Gennady Zyuganov, leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, is also expected to join the contest.