Vladimir Putin is reportedly deciding how and when to announce his bid for a fourth presidential term next year.
Putin, who has yet to make his presidential ambitions official, is widely expected to run in the 2018 election that would extend his presidency into 2024.
The Russian head of state has “decided that he’ll take part” in the presidential campaign, a federal official told the RBC business portal on Monday.
A source close to the Kremlin told RBC that Putin is likely to launch his campaign ahead of the ruling United Russia Party’s congress on Dec. 22-23. Another source told RBC the Kremlin is considering launching Putin’s campaign in early January.
Another federal official is cited as saying there are several ways in which Putin’s official nomination as the ruling party’s candidate could unfold.
“We could announce the intention to run during a regional trip where a worker would ask the question, or [we could] …