Vladimir Putin to begin 4th term

MNA International Desk: Vladimir Putin will be inaugurated for a historic fourth term on Monday, extending his almost two-decade rule by another six years after predictably winning Russia’s March presidential election.

Putin, who will turn 72 in 2024, could decide to leave the Kremlin after 24 years in power, making way for a successor.

Russian politics is now dominated by infighting between rival clans of technocrats and the “siloviki” — representatives of the security services and the army.

In a March interview to American TV channel NBC, Putin said he had been thinking of a potential successor since 2000.

But in making sure no one can compete with him, no politician is currently popular enough to succeed the Kremlin chief. Many analysts say Putin leaving power in six years is unlikely, reported new agency.