Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Vladimir Putin Wins Election, According To Early Results

Vladimir Putin Wins Election, According To Early Results

Election monitors were reporting irregularities at voting stations across Russian Federation, even though election authorities were under orders to ensure that the voting was free and fair after violations marred Putin's last election in 2012.

Vladimir Putin looks set to be Russia's president for six more years as an exit poll and early returns suggest he has easily won a fourth term. "I won't vote for Putin or for those whom Putin picked as his sparring partners". "They think of it as a vote of confidence (in Putin)".

Another term will take him to almost a quarter century in power - a longevity among Kremlin leaders second only to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

Putin, who has run under the slogan "a strong president - a strong Russia", has declined to take part in televised debates and shot no new material for his own campaign advertisements.

Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Johnson was also grilled over his own party's links to Putin's regime, with the Foreign Secretary admitting he played tennis with the wife of former Russian minister who paid £160,000 at a fundraising auction for the game.

Then he left the stage after speaking for less than two minutes, a seemingly perfunctory appearance that encapsulated the election's predictability.

The comment came on the same day the Trump administration announced it is enacting new sanctions on Russian individuals indicted last month by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Heads of schools and state enterprises have put pressure on their employees to vote, as in previous elections, in some cases telling workers they should bring in a list of names of friends or relatives who were also going to the polls. Some Russians have reported being pressured by employers to show up and vote.

"They promised us a crisis and we stuck it out". He said his bosses haven't asked for proof of voting but he fears they will.

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Amy added: "The police took him to the back of the police vehicle to remove him from the situation". "Enquiries continue. McPartlin entered rehab past year after struggling with an addiction to painkillers following a knee operation in 2015.

Authorities, however, are seeking a high turnout to add greater legitimacy to a new term for Putin, who is already Russia's second-longest serving leader since Joseph Stalin. Daria Suslina, 20, said she made a decision to skip the chance to vote in a presidential election for the first time in her life after getting numerous appeals to do so by text message and at work. They suspended the chief of a polling station near Moscow where a ballot-stuffing incident was reported and sealed the ballot box.

Putin, who has ruled Russian Federation for nearly two decades, won more than 75 percent of the vote according to preliminary results, but the opposition cried foul.

Candidates are barred from campaigning Saturday. Navalny and his supporters had called for an election boycott but the extent of its success could not immediately be gauged.

The Foreign Secretary dismissed Russian suggestions that the nerve agent could have come from a British military facility located 8 miles from the Wiltshire town as "satirical", as he warned the United Kingdom was "in the Kremlin's crosshairs".

In his first public comments on the poisoning, Putin on Sunday referred to the allegations against Russian Federation as "nonsense".

People attend a rally and a concert celebrating the fourth anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea at Manezhnaya Square in Moscow on March 18, 2018.

Crimea and Russia's subsequent support of separatists in eastern Ukraine led to an array of USA and European sanctions that, along with falling oil prices, damaged the Russian economy and slashed the ruble's value by half. "If it had not been for our observers, the turnout for Putin would have been 80%, and that would have given an opportunity to state that the 'whole Russian Federation stands for Putin'".

In his next six years, Putin is likely to assert Russia's power overseas even more strongly. The Russian military campaign that bolsters the Syrian government is clearly aimed at strengthening Moscow's foothold in the Middle East, and Russia eagerly eyes any reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula as an economic opportunity.

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