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  1. In Russia, anyone can become the head of state. Today, some of the most influential people in Putin's inner circle include Alexey Dyumin, Sergei Sobyanin, Vyacheslav Volodin, and of course Dmitry Medvedev.

  2. Interesting question. There are several options here. Consitution of Russia prohibits three consecutive terms. However, there may be several ways out for the current president. First, there may be a zero round or a referendum on Putin's participation before the election. And it will pass. Secondly, in the likeness of Nursultan Nazarbayev, he can declare himself the “leader of the nation”, one of the privileges of which is an unlimited number of presidential terms. Third, the Parliament can simply adopt the necessary amendments to the Constitution. Another option is an intermediate candidate, which can be either one of the ministers or one of the governors. For example, Sobyanin, the mayor of Moscow. The third option is the final retirement of Vladimir Vladimirovich, which, given the age of the current president, is a plausible option. Thus, again, the next president will be a public candidate, such as the governor of a certain region or a member of the government.

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