June 15, 2017 / 1:31 PM / a month ago

Asked about successor, Russia's Putin says I'm still working

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a live nationwide broadcasted call-in in Moscow, Russia, June 15, 2017. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Vladimir Putin did not give a direct answer on Thursday when asked whether he would be Russia's president this time next year, saying only that the Russian people should decide who succeeds him.

"I am still working," Putin said during his annual question-and-answer session with Russian citizens, in response to a question as to whom he would leave as his successor.

"I want to say that the voter, the Russian people should decide this," Putin said, adding that the president in the next term should increase people's incomes.

Reporting by Polina Nikolskaya and Maria Tsvetkova; Writing by Polina Devitt; Editing by Alexander Winning

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