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Putin Looks Beyond Election in Bid to Expand Authority

  • Former prime minister charged with delivering victory
  • Putin said seeking mandate, agenda for next six-year term
Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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As Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election reverberates around the world, Vladimir Putin is making sure he’ll remain a force to be reckoned with for the next tenant of the White House.

Putin is setting up a team to ensure he wins a fourth term with a wide margin in 2018, according to five people close to the process. The effort is led by former nuclear-power chief Sergei Kiriyenko, who was appointed last month as the Kremlin’s head of domestic politics and is expected to lead the campaign when it’s announced publicly, probably late next year, said one of the people, all of whom asked not to be identified to discuss confidential deliberations.