Despite Shake-Up, Putin Rejects Idea Of Soviet-Style Leaders For Life | 1/18/2020 | Staff
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MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday he did not want Russia to return to the late Soviet-era practice of having lifelong rulers who died in office without a proper succession strategy.

His comments, made to World War Two veterans in St Petersburg, came days after he unveiled a sweeping shake-up of the political system which led to the resignation of Dmitry Medvedev as prime minister along with his government.

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