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Putin says he will retain influence in Russia after stepping down

President Vladimir Putin said he will retain influence in Russia after stepping down following next year’s presidential elections, according to a Kremlin statement on Thursday. With just six months remaining before presidential elections, speculation has run rampant in Russia about Putin’s intentions after his term second, consecutive term in office ends. The president has repeatedly said he does not intend to try and stay on, though he has also said he expects to retain significant influence afterward. Full Story

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