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MOSCOW – In an electric four-hour solo performance on live television, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said he will think about whether to reclaim the presidency — one of the strongest signals yet that he may run again for Russia's top office in 2012.
Some 2 million questions were submitted by telephone or on the Internet to Putin's marathon television show, which was similar to previous call-ins he did when he was president. It clearly demonstrated that he continued to call the shots, overshadowing his designated successor, President Dmitry Medvedev.
however, I don't think things would change all that much. He already has the power..
"If Putin doesn't rule out running, neither do I rule myself out" for 2012 election, Medvedev told journalists in Rome when asked about Putin's remarks. Medvedev also said that he and Putin will act as "responsible politicians" and reach an agreement on the 2012 elections to avoid "elbowing one another" — echoing comments made previously by Putin.