ELLEN BARRY and MICHAEL SCHWIRTZ
NY Times 
Sept 24, 2011
MOSCOW — Vladimir V. Putin, who for over a decade has labored to consolidate authority in Russia under his control, will run for president next year, replacing his protégé,Dmitri A. Medvedev, and possibly extending his rule until 2024.
Mr. Medvedev made the announcement on Saturday, at the convention of United Russia, the country’s dominant political party. His voice cracking with emotion, he said that the decision had been “deeply thought out,” and suggested that there had discussions about Mr. Putin’s eventual return to the presidency for years.
Mr. Putin remained Russia’s pre-eminent political figure even after he tapped Mr. Medvedev for the presidency at the end of his own second term four years ago. Analysts have long speculated that Mr. Medvedev would act as a placeholder for Mr. Putin, who can now legally return to the presidency for a third term after spending four years as prime minister.
Mr. Medvedev’s announcement was met with roaring applause by United Russia members, and ended months of speculation over which of the two leaders in the so-called ruling tandem would run in, and most certainly win the presidential election in March.