Russian Presidential Election: Putin To Rule Russia Again

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Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin won a landslide re-election victory on Sunday, extending his rule over the world’s largest country for another six years.

Vladimir Putin is set for another term as Russia’s president after he won a 74.2% vote share in Sunday’s election.

The results, released by the Central Election Committee, come after 40% of ballots were counted.

Here are official preliminary results after nearly 50 percent of the votes had been counted:

  • Vladimir Putin – 75.0 pct
  • Pavel Grudinin – 13.3 pct
  • Vladimir Zhirinovsky – 6.3 pct
  • Ksenia Sobchak – 1.4 pct
  • Grigory Yavlinsky – 0.8 pct
  • Sergei Baburin – 0.6 pct
  • Maksim Suraikin – 0.6 pct
  • Boris Titov – 0.6 pct  (* Source: Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation)

Allegations of voting rigging

Footage from Russian voting stations, which have been verified to have been filmed today, have emerged that appear to show officials stuffing ballot papers into boxes.

Why Putin is expected to win easily

Another term would take Putin to nearly 25 years in power — a longevity second only to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

Voters credit Putin, 65, with standing up for Russia’s interests in what they view as a hostile outside world.

Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region, alleged Kremlin meddling in the US presidential election, and Moscow’s bombing campaign in Syria, have been condemned in the West. But for most people at home, they have only burnished Putin’s reputation as a strong leader.

A row with Britain over allegations the Kremlin used a nerve toxin to poison a Russian double agent in a sleepy English city — denied by Moscow — has not dented Putin’s standing.

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