Russian President Vladimir Putin made the decision to remain in power in 2011. This was stated by a former adviser to Putin, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington, Andrei Illarionov, in an interview with Dmitry Gordon, founder of the GORDON publication.
The journalist asked if it seems to Illarionov that Putin is considering an option to leave the government, similar to the one that occurred at the end of 1999, when Russian President Boris Yeltsin handed over powers to Putin himself.
“Bringing this system of thinking, you are absolutely right. He had such thoughts in 2005-2007. And in 2007, he seemed to have the first-hand problem that he might not be able to leave. Leaving for the post of prime minister Minister and resigning as president [главе правительства Дмитрию] Medvedev, for the next four years, he reflected on whether he can leave or not. In 2011, he concluded that he could not leave. Therefore, he returned, “said Illarionov.
He believes that Putin will remain president in the future.
“Now I don’t see the scheme, the scenario in which he can leave on his own, without the help of others,” the former adviser to Putin emphasized.
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Putin has been president of the Russian Federation since 2000, with a break for 2008-2012, when he was head of government. Under the constitution, valid until recently, he could not run for the post of head of the Kremlin in 2024, but on March 11, 2020 The State Duma adopted the changesthat Putin allow it.