Russian president Vladimir Putin confirms he will run again for post in March

Russian, Dec 6: Russian president Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said he would seek a new six-year term in the country’s March elections in a move that would make him the longest-serving Russian leader since Joseph Stalin. Putin, who has been in power for the past 18 years, is expected to sail to victory, with only token opponents competing against him. “I will offer my candidacy for the post of president of the Russian Federation,” he said during a visit to a car factory in Nizhny Novgorod. He made the widely-expected announcement surrounded by cheering workers, who prodded him to unveil his plans in a carefully-choreographed ceremony. “There is perhaps no better place and better excuse to announce this,” Putin said in a nod to his core constituency. Agencies