Russia`s Putin says he plans to stay active in politics

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Monday that he planned to maintain an active role in Russian politics for years to come, but would not confirm if he would to stand in 2012 presidential elections.

Moscow: Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Monday that he planned to maintain an active role in Russian
politics for years to come, but would not confirm if he would
to stand in 2012 presidential elections.

Russia`s political strongman, who was president between
2000 and 2008, also bluntly defended in an interview published
in the Russian daily Kommersant police action against banned
anti-government protests.

Waxing philosophical, Putin said he was not obsessed
about the upcoming elections and had no "narcotic dependence"
on political ratings.

However, "I only have but two choices: either to watch
from the bank how the waters are flowing away and how
something is getting destroyed or lost -- or to get involved,"
he said. "I prefer to be involved."

There has been intense speculation that Putin, widely
seen as Russia`s most powerful leader after he handed over to
his protege Dmitry Medvedev at the end of his presidency, may
be planning a return to the Kremlin.

Neither the 57-year-old ex-KGB agent or Medvedev, 44,
have ruled out standing in the 2012 polls but they have said
they would agree who would run so as not to compete with each
other.

PTI

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