It was a mere formality, but Vladimir Putin has received the official nomination of his party for Russia’s 2012 presidential election. The move puts Putin one step further ahead on his seemingly inevitable push back to the top of Russian political life.
Since current president Dmitry Medvedev confirmed he would be supporting Putin’s bid, it has seemed that nothing can stop Putin taking back the top job he formerly occupied. Elections, due to be held early in 2012, are extremely likely to see him voted back for a third term.
Putin originally stepped down from the presidency due to Russia’s two-term limit, but that limit has now been removed. Having served as prime minister under President Medvedev, Putin is now ready to return to the political spotlight (which he never really left anyway) and lead Russia for God-knows-how-many-more years.