1. RUSSIA

    Putin Poised for Reelection

    People walk on March 2, 2012 past a campaign billboard for current Prime Minister and presidential candidate Vladimir Putin reading : "The Great Country - a worthy future!" in Smolenks, some 480 km outside Moscow. Russia on March 4 votes in presidential elections expected to send Vladimir Putin back to the Kremlin after his four year stint as prime minister. AFP PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEV (Photo credit should read VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images)

    Viktor Drachev, AFP / Getty Images

    Russia’s Vladimir Putin is almost guaranteed to return to the Kremlin in tomorrow’s Russian presidential election, but that won’t stop protesters from staging mass demonstrations against his leadership. The wave of protests recently sweeping the country showed that a huge portion of the population was fed up with Putin’s government, and police are already prepping for civil unrest following his reelection. Putin got way ahead of himself yesterday when he announced he was already considering running for a fourth time in 2018. “It would be normal, if things are going well, and people want it,” he said in an interview with foreign press.

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