In an unexpected political maneuver, Russian President Vladimir Putin is reportedly considering a departure from the United Russia party to run as an independent in the next presidential election.
This is reported by The Telegraph.
This move is seen as an effort to bolster his image as a decisive war leader amidst the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Putin, who has been a dominant figure in Russian politics since 2000, appears to be distancing himself from the United Russia party, which has faced declining popularity.
The decision to potentially run as an independent candidate reflects Putin's ambition to cement his legacy as one of Russia's significant leaders, with the Ukraine invasion being a pivotal part of his tenure.
Despite the economic repercussions and the mixed public reception of the war, the Kremlin seems confident in the new electronic voting system, which it believes will secure a higher vote share for Putin, echoing his 2018 election success.
Recent developments in the Ukraine conflict have revealed communication inconsistencies within the Russian state apparatus. Reports from state media about Russian troop movements along the Dnipro River were quickly retracted, indicating a possible disconnect between the military, the Kremlin, and the media.
As the situation evolves, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has reported advancements in the Kherson region, signaling an improving stance for Ukraine. The Kremlin, maintaining its usual stance, has not provided comments on these military developments.