He's Russia's longest-serving leader since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.
And if you are a Russian and you are under 20, you've never known another leader.
His critics fear he's preparing to be 'president for life'.
The 67 year old has backed a constitutional amendment to reset his presidential term count to zero, allowing him to run in another two elections. The lower house of parliament passed the legislation on Tuesday. And Russians are due to have their say in a constitutional referendum next month.
The amendments are the latest in a choreographed process that began in January.
Putin argues staying in power after his term ends will be good for Russia.
But how convinced are his critics? Presenter: James Bays
Viktor Olevich – Center for Actual Politics
Sergei Guriev – Professor of economics, Paris Institute of Political Studies Daragh McDowell – Russia analyst, Verisk Maplecroft global risk consultancy Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/AJEnglish Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/ #Aljazeeraenglish #News