In pictures: Vladimir Putin, eyeing fourth presidential term

  • In this combo of images Russian President Vladimir Putin smiles, speaks and gestures during an interview with John Daniszewski, the Associated Press's Senior Managing Editor for International News at Putin's Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP photo)
  • The Russian President on Thursday said that he may run for a fourth presidential term in 2018, confirming the expectations of most Russians and frustrating those now working to restore free elections in Russia. (Misha Japaridze/AP/File photo)
  • Rights groups say Russia is in the midst of a period of repression, particularly since the reelection of President Vladimir Putin last year. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)
  • US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in June in Northern Ireland. However, Obama cancelled plans to meet with Putin in Moscow the following month — a rare diplomatic snub. (The AP)
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin lights a candle as he visits the Tikhvin Assumption Monastery in the town of Tikhvin, about 106 miles east of St. Petersburg, Russia. (AP photo)
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, gestures as he leaves the final plenary meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in the Novgorod Region, on the banks of Lake Valdai, Russia, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)
  • On 6 June 2013, Vladimir Putin and his former wife Lyudmila Shkrebneva announced termination of their marriage. (AP photo)
  • In this photo taken on Saturday, July 20, 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin feeds deer during a mini-break in the Siberian Tyva region, Russia. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)
  • Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, center left , President Vladimir Putin, and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev react as they watch the Victory Day Parade in Moscow. (Photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)
  • In this photo taken on Saturday, July 20, 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin fishes during a mini-break in the Siberian Tyva region, Russia. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin, who claimed victory in presidential election in 2012, gets emotional during a rally in Moscow. (Ivan Sekretarev/AP)
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin swims during his visit in the Siberian Tyva region, Russia. (Alexei Drizhinin/RIA Novosti via AP)
  • President Vladimir Putin of Russia meets with miners in western Siberia, Russia. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti, AP)

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