Michael Stott and Gleb Bryanski
Thursday, December 3, 2009
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, in power for over 10 years, ruled out a departure from politics on Thursday, telling a questioner: “Don’t hold your breath.”
The country’s most powerful leader made the comment with a smile when asked on his annual televised question and answer session with the Russian people if he would like to leave politics and start a quiet life.
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Putin, 57, also said he “will think about” taking part in the 2012 presidential election, when many Russians expect him to return to the Kremlin for a six-year term.
Looking relaxed and confident, Putin said Russia had passed the peak of the economic crisis and reassured callers worried about job security, pensions and living standards.
This article was posted: Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 11:00 am