How long has Putin been president? What's next after Russia elections elect leader to 5th term

Putin Secures 5th Term: Analyzing His Extended Presidency and the Future of Russia Post-Election

Russian President Vladimir Putin has won a fifth term in what’s been called into question as a controversial national vote.

The three-day presidential election in Russia wasn’t really about following democratic practices. The Kremlin aimed for a decisive victory in the first round to renew Putin’s mandate and make a bold statement: the Russian populace fully supports Putin’s actions in Ukraine.

On the night before the vote, Putin made a plea for unity to the Russian citizens. He emphasized the nation’s current challenges and the need for unity and confidence to overcome them.

Putin declared, “We are one big family!” This sentiment was echoed after the voting ended. Surrounded by young supporters donning “Putin Russia Victory” shirts, he celebrated the unity of Russians who participated in the election.

However, Putin hinted at the numerous challenges that lie ahead after his reelection. Before the vote, he remained vague about his plans for a fifth term.

In an interview with state media, Putin avoided discussing potential government changes post-election. When asked about the future of Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin’s government, Putin suggested waiting until after the vote count, stating the government was performing “quite satisfactorily.”

Now, the question arises: what’s next for Russia? There’s speculation about possible changes within the government and the tasks Putin will tackle.

Observers are curious if the election, seen as a referendum on Russia’s involvement in Ukraine, grants Putin leeway to continue his military actions. Putin appears confident, especially with the recent military gains in Ukraine and the hesitancy of Western countries to provide further aid to Ukraine.

In a pre-election talk, Putin dismissed the idea of negotiating due to a shortage of ammunition, showcasing confidence in Russia’s position.

Despite advances in eastern Ukraine, the human cost has been devastating. There’s speculation that a new round of mobilization may be necessary, a decision likely postponed until after the election.

Furthermore, Putin is expected to continue suppressing domestic opposition. In a rare move, he mentioned the late opposition leader Alexey Navalny, dismissing concerns over election fairness and deflecting with comparisons to the United States.

Predicting Putin’s next moves is challenging. While he has fortified Russia’s economy against sanctions and maintained a monopoly over the political scene, the unpredictability of war and Russia’s long-term challenges remain significant obstacles.

As Putin prepares for a potential sixth term, these issues are unlikely to vanish, highlighting the complexities of his rule and Russia’s future.