Putin Plans Independent 2018 Run

Russian President Vladimir Putin has told an annual end-of-year press conference that he will run for president in early 2018 as an independent candidate.At Putin’s annual question and answer session with Russian and foreign media in Moscow on Thursday, the president was asked by a journalist from the Kommersant newspaper who he was running with for president in March 2018.”I will run on my own behalf,” Putin said. “Definitely, I hope that I will be supported by some popular movements, parties or any other groups that share my views and that endorse my views so I really rely on broad support from our people.”Putin’s comments are significant as he signaled a break with the United Russia party that has been associated with the strongman leader since its formation in 2001.

Source: Putin to run as an independent in 2018 election – CNBC

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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Currency Analyst at OANDA
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Sky News, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.