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The outcome of Russia's presidential election on March 18 is a foregone conclusion: The incumbent, Vladimir Putin, will win after garnering five to six times more votes than the second-place candidate.Another certainty about the upcoming election is that Putin will once again reincarnate himself, as he has done four times already.After the 2008 election, Putin had to find ways to manage Russia's newly elected president, Dmitry Medvedev.Putin is an old dog; he will not learn new tricks.To predict what Putin might do in his next term in office, consider five trends that have defined Russia during his 18-year rule. First, Putin would seek to position himself as president for life, by holding a referendum to eliminate the constitutional limit of two consecutive presidential terms.In the second scenario, Putin would become a Russian Deng Xiaoping. Or, like Boris Yeltsin before him, Putin might declare himself exhausted and nominate a successor.
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