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The Kremlin has not given any indication of whether Putin would accept the invitation to head the party. A Kremlin spokesman last week declined to comment on rumors Putin could become United Russia leader.
Putin, a 55-year-old former KGB spy, is stepping down in line with a constitutional term limit. He endorsed Medvedev as his replacement, helping the 42-year-old former lawyer to an easy victory in last month's presidential election.
Some analysts say Putin, and not Medvedev, will hold the real power after the change-over.