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Vladimir Putin is coming up aces: he is expected to win his re-election as president hands down on March 18 with 80 percent of the vote.
In his 18 years at the helm of affairs Putin has rejuvenated Russia’s image as a world power, say political pundits.
Continuity and progress is what he promises and so long as the demand for Russian oil remains, his countrymen will support him.
Outside, Putin’s KGB background has put US-led West on guard with Russia’s resurgence as a great military power and for the majority of Russians this is something to take pride in.
Meanwhile, the Cold War with the US has reached new heights with Russia’s annexation of Crimea prompting US-led sanctions, but this has not held Putin back.
He campaigns for re-election, but he doesn’t need to. His popularity continues to skyrocket at home with his promise of higher wages and pensions, while he is admired in developing countries for his defiant foreign policy.
In the meantime, President Putin has come to an agreement with ostracized Iran to bring it into the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).
The EEU is an economic union which includes Kazakhstan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia, and Russia. It guarantees free transit of goods, services, capital and workers among member states.
This Russian-led bloc, which began functioning on 1 January 2015, is now considered a major economic rival to the pro-US European Union.
More than 40 other countries, including China and India, have expressed an interest in a joining the block.
Beyond this, President Putin remains steadfast in his commitment to the Syrian government to help keep the rebels at bay and, he has also moved to offer any help it needs to Pakistan after it was put on the terrorist ‘Watch List’. And, Russia is firmly aligned to China – which puts the US under a lot of pressure.