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    Putin announces he will run for president again in 2018

    After months of eager expectation and rumours, Vladimir Putin has announced he will run for re-election in March’s presidential vote. 
    Mr Putin made the announcement while speaking to workers at the 85th anniversary of the Gorky automobile plant (GAZ) in Nizhny Novgorod, a Soviet-era powerhouse that has been somewhat revived through orders from Western carmakers in recent years. 
    Earlier on Wednesday, a participant at a volunteer conference appeared to disrupt the careful stage management that has surrounded Mr Putin’s announcement by asking him in front of an audience whether he would run. The president would only reply that the “decision should be made very soon”. 

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