Rotating Putin-Medvedev Presidency

President Vladimir Putin and his favored successor, Dmitry Medvedev, could take turns running the country for another quarter of a century, Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov said in an interview published Monday.

Neither Putin nor Medvedev has indicated that they plan to be in government so far in the future, but the fact that Mironov is floating the idea suggests that the country's ruling elite expects to remain in power for many years.

"I will gaze a long way into the future," Mironov told Moskovsky Komsomolets. "There could be a variety of scenarios. Vladimir Vladimirovich could come back in 2012. I think that by that time we will increase the head of state's term to five or seven years. If it is seven years and Vladimir Putin is elected to two consecutive terms, he will run the country for 14 years, that is from 2012 to 2026. And in 2026, it could be that Dmitry Anatolyevich will once again return to the post of president," he said.

If Medvedev serves a single seven-year term from 2026, he would be in office until 2033.