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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Putin Hopes for Policy Continuity

President Vladimir Putin said in an interview published Tuesday that he wanted his successor to pursue similar policies to his own, and that most Russians want that, too, citing what he said was a shift from "permanent crises" to stability.

"Of course, I would very much like the future head of state to continue the policy that has been conducted in recent years. Judging from opinion polls, the overwhelming majority of Russians want that, too," Putin said in televised comments from an interview with Indian media ahead of a visit to India.

"I would suggest that this is no coincidence, since in recent years we have left a situation of permanent crises and moved into a situation of political and economic stability, steady economic growth and growth of the incomes of the population," he said in the interview, which was posted on the Kremlin web site.

High world energy prices have helped resource-rich Russia recover from its post-Soviet economic troubles and maintain strong growth since Putin came to power in 2000. His popularity has led to calls from some politicians for him to stay on after 2008, despite a constitutional limit of two consecutive four-year terms.

Putin repeated in the interview that he would not violate the Constitution, but he appeared not to shut the door on the possibility of a movement by citizens to keep him in power by seeking to amend it. He did not say how he would react to such a move, however, and he has said before that the Constitution should not be altered to let him run again.

"I like my work ... but I cannot demand that others follow the law if I myself violate laws and, first of all, the main law of the country, the Constitution," Putin said.

Asked whether there was a chance that Russian citizens would seek to amend the Constitution to keep him in power, he said that if that happened, "we will have to discuss this question with Russian citizens."