Published: Tue, March 20, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Putin re-elected Russia's Prez for another six years

Putin re-elected Russia's Prez for another six years

The challengers participated in televised debates that Putin sat out.

Western congratulations were slower to roll in, as Russian Federation faces increasing isolation on the world stage over a spy poisoning in Britain and a fresh round of United States sanctions just as it gears up for the football World Cup in the summer.

Earlier Monday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani applauded Russia's Vladimir Putin on his "decisive victory" in a presidential election and vowed to boost ties between Tehran and Moscow.

"Nobody plans to accelerate an arms race", said Putin. He said that Russian Federation would even lower its defense spending this year and in 2019.

An OSCE observer mission said that although the election was marred by a lack of "genuine competition", it was generally well conducted.

Putin's approach stood in stark contrast to his 2012 presidential election campaign, which came amid massive opposition protests, and during which he spoke passionately about "the battle for Russian Federation".

In theory, the opposition will not have to worry about running against Putin again, since term limits prohibit him from running for re-election in 2024.

In Bolivia, President Evo Morales also celebrated Putin's victory.

Steinmeier says Russian Federation and Germany have enjoyed a "traditionally close relationship based upon a wide and solid foundation" and have worked since the Cold War's end for a "lasting, cooperative peaceful order on our continent". "Mistrust, rearmament and a climate of insecurity contribute to instability".

Russian President Vladimir Putin was elected to serve his fourth, six-year term on Sunday, with approximately 77 percent of the vote casting in his favor - but there have been multiple reports of violations in Russia's election. "Take your future back".

She lit into Western leaders, Western reporters, and backers of more financial sanctions against Russian Federation. But Putin reportedly didn't relish the experiment and quickly returned to power in 2012.

In an outcome that was never in doubt, the Central Election Commission, with almost 100 per cent of the votes counted, announced that Mr Putin, who has run Russian Federation as president or prime minister since 1999, had won 76.68 per cent of the vote.

The monitor registered more than 2,500 complaints of violations, with some 460 in Moscow and about 230 in St Petersburg.

Third was ultranationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky with 5.66 percent.

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Pensioner Galina Prokopievna, 58, said she voted for Putin because she respects and loves him and likes how he works. On the other hand, some Russians were told their jobs or university berths were at risk if they did not show up to vote.

The electoral commission said official turnout was 67 percent.

One man accused of ballot-box stuffing in Artyom was arrested, the Associated Press reported.

Casting his ballot in Moscow, Putin said he would be pleased with any result giving him the right to continue as president. In the previous presidential election in 2012 Putin polled 63.6 percent of the vote.

And a parade of pro-Kremlin commentators, politicians, and officials claimed that Putin's victory represented nothing less than the unity and determination of a people under siege.

"But we, from our side, will do everything to ensure that all disputes will be regulated through political-diplomatic means".

"We want and call for our partners to have a constructive dialogue, but obviously not everything depends on us".

Western media struggled with how to report the results of an election in a gangster state like Putin's Russian Federation.

Pamfilova denied any incidents of observers being attacked or blocked from polling stations, despite videos posted online.

Caucasian Knot reported that state employees from Sochi were forced to participate in the elections by their superiors.

With nearly all districts reporting in and counted, Putin garnered about 76.7 percent of the total vote, the highest proportion in any presidential election since the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Near-final results released Monday showed that the other seven candidates were far behind Putin in Sunday's voting.

According to central election commission data with 99.8 percent of ballots counted, Putin took 76.67 percent of the vote, well ahead of his nearest competitor Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin, who was on 11.79 percent.

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