During Putin’s direct and live communication with Russian people on TV he said, he did not think of leaving the politics and might run for the 2012 presidential elections (which means he will definitely try). Very interestingly he made a very interesting statement: “Thanks God, we have no elections” [in the context: “and so I don’t care about ratings”].
On the same day president Medvedev said, he did not exclude he would run for presidency in 2012 too. So Putin and Medvedev groups are now bound to have a fight. Of course the fighting might be very light or on the contrary very hard. In any case there will be something. The more they fight the more interesting it is going to be to observe, but poor Russian people and perhaps even people beyond Russia.