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Vladimir Putin casts his vote in Russian presidential election

Vladimir Putin casts his vote in Russian presidential election

In power for nearly two decades, Vladimir Putin predictably won a fourth Kremlin term in Russia's presidential election on Sunday, extending his long rule for another six years.

Kremlin critics say the Russian election was a show, with President Vladimir Putin's victory the dully predictable final act.

He then led the enthusiastic crowd to chant "Russia!". "The Russian leader's popularity remains high despite his suppression of dissent and reproach from the West over Russia's increasingly aggressive stance in world affairs and alleged interference in the 2016 US election".

He criticized the seven contenders challenging Putin for failing to protest ballot stuffing and other irregularities that were tainting the election, saying on his blog that "such candidates aren't worthy of your vote".

The Central Elections Commission said Mr Putin had won about 73% of the vote, based on a count of 30% of the country's precincts.

The Kremlin was hoping for high voter numbers to give greater legitimacy to Mr. Putin's historic fourth term as Russian Federation faces increasing isolation on the world stage over a spy poisoning in Britain and a fresh round of USA sanctions.

By 5pm Moscow time, authorities said turnout had hit almost 52%.

Russia's election had all the signs of a real contest, opposition candidates, ballot boxes, registered voters.

Sobchak defended her decision to run and said it was Navalny who took the wrong approach to the election by calling for a boycott.

Here's an absolute shocker coming out of Russia this morning: Vladimir Putin has successfully won the Russian Presidential election.

Russian Federation has also vowed to retaliate after the United States imposed new sanctions on the country this week over its reported cyberattacks and meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

The polls are taking place four years to the day since Russian Federation annexed Crimea from Ukraine.

The 88-year-old retired mason meant that as a compliment to Vladimir Putin, the man who has ruled Russian Federation since the turn of the century, and who was expected to easily secure another six years in office in Sunday's drama-free vote. Just weeks ago, he announced that Russian Federation has developed advanced nuclear weapons capable of evading missile defenses.

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There also been criticism from the West of Russia's military support for Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad.

At home, Mr Putin will be faced with how to groom a successor or devise a strategy to circumvent term limits, how to drive diversification in an economy still highly dependent on oil and gas and how to improve medical care and social services in Russian regions far removed from the cosmopolitan glitter of Moscow.

In the message, Xi said that over recent years, the Russian people have united as one in firmly advancing on the path of strengthening the nation, realising rejuvenation and development, achieving remarkable success in economic and social development, and playing an important constructive role in worldwide affairs. "The program that I propose for the country is the right one", he said.

The 23-year-old volunteer downed an energy drink at the team's offices in central Moscow before hurrying back to his desk. When asked who forced them, the student said: "The teacher". He spoke on condition that his last name not be used out of concern that his employer - the Moscow city government - would find out.

Yekaterina said she wasn't sure what she would do with her ballot, musing that "maybe I'll just write 'Putin is a moron.'" But she understood that not showing up at the polling place Sunday would not only endanger her job but would reflect badly on her boss, whom she likes.

In polling station 1515 in Zelenodolsk, 800 kilometres east of Moscow, five people photographed themselves voting.

Sunday's election was the first presidential vote on the Crimean peninsula since Moscow annexed the territory from Ukraine in 2014, prompting a further decline in Russia's relations with the West.

As US authorities investigate alleged Russian hacking and other interference in President Donald Trump's 2016 election, Russian authorities claimed that foreign powers are seeking to interfere in Sunday's vote.

The election has been labelled "fake" by some observers and opposition activists claim there have been several instances of people stuffing ballot boxes.

"The ballot stuffing seen today in Moscow and elsewhere in the Russian election is an effort to steal the influence of 140+ million people", he said.

Navalny says in a video posted on YouTube that "on election day, one should usually want to say 'I voted, ' but in fact I'm here to say that I didn't go to vote".

That insulted the Ukrainian government, which refused to let ordinary Russians vote, drawing angry protests from Russian officials.

"Who am I voting for?" "There is no one else who can do it like Putin".