Putin will seek another term as Russian president, aiming to extend his rule of over two decades

Russian President Vladimir Putin talks with awarded Russian servicemen after a ceremony to present Gold Star medals to Heroes of Russia on the eve of Heroes of the Fatherland Day Friday, at the St. George Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia. (Valery Sharifulin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

President Vladimir Putin speaks in his annual televised New Year's message after a ceremony during a visit to the headquarters of the Southern Military District, at an unknown location in Russia, on Dec. 31, 2022. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Vladimir Putin on Friday moved to prolong his repressive and unyielding grip on Russia for at least another six years, announcing his candidacy in the presidential election next March that he is all but certain to win.