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15 years after Putin was first elected president, former allies question his course

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting in Moscow's Kremlin, Russia, Monday, March 30, 2015. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

    Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting in Moscow's Kremlin, Russia, Monday, March 30, 2015. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)  (The Associated Press)

  • Russia's former finance minister Alexei Kudrin enters a hall to attend a round table to mark President Vladimir Putin’s 15 years in office, some of the president’s long-term allies questioned his political course and warned of economic fallout in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, March 31, 2015.Kudrin, Russia's finance minister in 2000-2011 and a former deputy prime minister, said on Tuesday that Putin’s focus on foreign policy means that Russia will not return in the coming years to the economic growth that would suit a great power that Putin wants it to see.  (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    Russia's former finance minister Alexei Kudrin enters a hall to attend a round table to mark President Vladimir Putin’s 15 years in office, some of the president’s long-term allies questioned his political course and warned of economic fallout in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, March 31, 2015.Kudrin, Russia's finance minister in 2000-2011 and a former deputy prime minister, said on Tuesday that Putin’s focus on foreign policy means that Russia will not return in the coming years to the economic growth that would suit a great power that Putin wants it to see. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)  (The Associated Press)

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov, left, speaks to Russia's former finance minister Alexei Kudrin at a round table to mark President Vladimir Putin’s 15 years in office, some of the president’s long-term allies questioned his political course and warned of economic fallout in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Alexei Kudrin, Russia's finance minister in 2000-2011 and a former deputy prime minister, said Tuesday that Putin's focus on foreign policy means that Russia won't return in the coming years to the economic growth that would suit a great power.  (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    Russian President Vladimir Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov, left, speaks to Russia's former finance minister Alexei Kudrin at a round table to mark President Vladimir Putin’s 15 years in office, some of the president’s long-term allies questioned his political course and warned of economic fallout in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Alexei Kudrin, Russia's finance minister in 2000-2011 and a former deputy prime minister, said Tuesday that Putin's focus on foreign policy means that Russia won't return in the coming years to the economic growth that would suit a great power. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)  (The Associated Press)

Former long-term allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin are questioning his political course and warning of economic fallout 15 years after he first came to power.

Putin was first elected president on March 26, 2000, and has ruled Russia ever since, including a stint as a prime minister, which helped him to avoid presidential constitutional limits. His third presidential term expires in 2018, but Putin hasn't yet confirmed if he's going to run for a fourth term.

Alexei Kudrin, Russia's finance minister in 2000-2011 and a former deputy prime minister, said Tuesday that Putin's focus on foreign policy means that Russia won't return in the coming years to the economic growth that would suit a great power.

Kudrin was speaking at a round-table discussion on Putin's 15 years in power.