Russia leaders deciding on 2012

September 10, 2011 00:36


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MOSCOW - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin are still deciding which of them will run in the 2012 presidential election, an influential former Kremlin chief of staff said on Friday.

Putin and Medvedev have repeatedly said they have not yet decided which of them will run in the March 2012 election. Many analysts expect Putin to use the vote to return to the Kremlin.

Alexander Voloshin, who served as Kremlin chief of staff from 1999 to 2003, said that Putin, 58, and Medvedev, 45, would make a joint decision on which of them would run in 2012.

"It will be a joint decision," Voloshin, who serves on the board of Norilsk Nickel , the world's biggest producer of palladium and nickel, told reporters.

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