Hope springs eternal, I guess:
“I am not an old politician yet,” Medvedev said in an interview with the Times newspaper in London where he attended the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on July 27. The Times published the interview on Monday.
“I have never ruled out that I would run for president in the future (and I am not planning to quit politics soon), if Russians are interested in this,” he said in the interview, according to the Russian-language transcript published on Medvedev’s official website.
In 2024, assuming Vladimir Putin serves two full six-year terms and is once again constitutionally barred from running, Medvedev will only be 58. Maybe we can do this whole awkward maneuver over again. Putin would be 77 in 2030 after Medvedev serves a term, which seems a bit old to make it a threepeat, but who knows?