Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian president, says he is not seeking a second term in office.
He says he shares the same goals with the current prime minister, Vladimir Putin, who was constitutionally barred from running as president for a third straight term leading Medvedev to take over in 2008.
The pair announced that they would swap roles after March's presidential election which Putin is expected to win and return to the Kremlin as president - potentially for another 12 years.
But a growing number of people feel the country's political stage is a puppet show. Many young people are leaving the country.
Al Jazeera's Neave Barker reports from Moscow.
Source: Al Jazeera