Putin savours record win, securing six more years at Russia's helm
19 March, 2018, 15:37 | Author: Wade Massey
An exit poll suggests that Vladimir Putin has handily won a fourth term as Russia's president, adding six more years in the Kremlin for the man who has led the world's largest country for all of the 21st century.
The election was such a foregone conclusion that Putin gave only a perfunctory victory speech and said nothing about what he will do for his country.
How long Putin wants to stay in power is uncertain.
Pamfilova said that with 99.8 percent of votes counted, President Vladimir Putin has 76.7 percent of the vote, his highest score ever.
The opposition said the results were rigged but Putin's supporters said Western pressure on Putin including Britain's accusations in a spy row prompted Russians to close ranks behind their leader. His most vocal opponent, anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny, was barred from running.
The electoral commission said official turnout was 67 percent, but the figure marred by widespread account of workers being coerced to vote and numerous incidents of ballot stuffing.
Moscow, Mar 19 Vladimir Putin today faced another six years in power after a record win in Russia's presidential election, but congratulations from overseas were largely muted after opponents accused him of rigging the vote and Moscow's relations with the West worsened. "I am confident that with you outstanding talent of a leader with a clear understanding and inflexible will, responsibility and commitment to your cause, you will continue to achieve success in solving all issues important for Russian Federation and in implementing plans for its further comprehensive development", the statement said.
Russia is now at odds with the West over Syria, Ukraine; allegations of cyber attacks and meddling in foreign elections; and the poisoning in Britain of a former Russian spy and his daughter. He then clashed publicly with Sobchak on Sunday night, accusing her of being a Kremlin stooge.
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In the runup to the vote, a new crisis broke out with the West as Britain implicated Putin in the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal with a Soviet-designed nerve agent.
Vladimir Zhirinovsky, leader of Liberal-Democratic Party of Russian Federation is third, he got 6.95 percent.
Cuban leader Raul Castro congratulated Putin on winning the presidential election, Cuba's ambassador to Russia Gerardo Penalver Portal said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during a news conference after meeting with his staff at the campaign headquarters in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, March 18, 2018. Several cases of people stuffing ballot boxes at polling stations, including near Moscow, were recorded on cameras set up by the authorities to ensure a transparent vote.
Most world leaders, however, did not rush to congratulate the Russian president. "This goal has no relation whatsoever to the result of the vote", she said.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov played down suggestions on Monday that tensions with the West had boosted turnout, saying the result showed that people were united behind Putin's plans to develop Russian Federation.
In his next six years, Putin is likely to assert Russia's power overseas even more strongly.
The capture of Afrin would be a major victory in Turkey's campaign against the YPG, which Ankara considers a terrorist group. Assad met with soldiers in Eastern Ghouta on Sunday, the presidency said, in the leader's first trip to the region in years.
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Election monitoring group Golos and online groups set up to record violations reported scores of problems Sunday. Yevgeny, a 43-year-old mechanic voting in central Moscow, said he briefly wondered whether it was worth voting.
However, she added that his wellbeing must come first: "If it's not right for him to be on the show, he won't be on the show". The Saturday Night Takeaway presenter entered rehab past year after struggling with an addiction to painkillers.
Moscow is working on responsive measures, they are under development, and they will be announced in the near future, she added. This is not the first time the United States media has reported updates from intelligence officials about incidents in the UK.
A special CBI Court on Friday had made three former bureaucrats of Bihar accountant-general's office accused in the fodder scam. Overall, the fodder scam is the fraudulent withdrawal of more than Rs 900 crore from the Chaibasa treasury in almost 20 years.
The Siddaramaiah-led government will now write to the Centre with the recommendation, The Indian Express reported. The tussle for a separate religion tag has been on; with Veerashaivas thrown into the mix.
It is also examining Russian meddling with the USA democratic process and interfering with the 2016 election. In an interview with " Fox News Sunday ", Gowdy said he disagrees. "I'm not sure the House can do a lot".
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