Russian leader Vladimir Putin is due to host his sixth annual news conference for the world’s media today. And it may be his last. Putin’s presidential term expires next year and the question over his possible successor is expected to feature prominently on the agenda.
“The elections are important to ensure the rule of law and order and also to safeguard society from attempts to inject extremist and racist ideas,” said Putin as he appealed for the support of the FSB in the run up to the polls.
A record number of 1,200 russian and foreign journalists have been invited to today’s meeting in the Kremlin. Analysts are not expecting this year’s elections to lead to a political sea-change in Russia. Russians will go to the polls for parliamentary and regional elections, followed by the Presidential ballot in 2008.
EuroNews will be covering today’s conference from 10am CET this morning.