Putin Proclaims Presidential Victory in Russian Federation

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Global observers are criticizing Russian Federation for failing to provide a level playing field for competitors in the presidential election that overwhelmingly gave Vladimir Putin another six-year term in the Kremlin.

Putin, the incumbent Russian president, was set to win Sunday's presidential election as he got 75.91 per cent of the vote after 70 per cent of the ballots were counted, preliminary data from the Central Election Commission (CEC) showed.

Anointed as president by his predecessor Boris Yeltsin in 2000, Putin previous year overtook ex-Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev's length of time in power.

The victory puts Putin on track to become Russia's longest-serving leader since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

Mr Putin stated that voters had "recognised the achievements of the last few years" whilst addressing crowds in the Russian capital.

Alexei Navalny, an anti-corruption crusader and Russia's most popular opposition leader, has been campaigning for a nationwide election boycott since being officially barred from the ballot, last December.

About 107 million Russians were eligible to cast ballots and in its latest update on participation, three hours before polls closed in Moscow, the central election commission said turnout was at 60 percent.


The annexation was bitterly contested by Kiev and ratcheted up tensions between Russia and the West. Russians living in Ukraine were unable to take part in Sunday's vote because access to Russian diplomatic missions was blocked by the Kiev government.

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".

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

But Mr Putin's popularity remained strong, apparently buttressed by nationalist pride.

Germany's foreign minister is calling on Russian Federation to make more "constructive contributions" to dialogue after President Vladimir Putin won re-election.

"The program that I propose for the country is the right one, " he said.

Other examples from observers and social media included ballot boxes being stuffed with extra ballots in multiple regions; an election official assaulting an observer; CCTV cameras obscured by flags or nets from watching ballot boxes; discrepancies in ballot numbers; last-minute voter registration changes likely created to boost turnout; and a huge pro-Putin sign in one polling station.


Video recordings from polling stations showed irregularities in a number of towns and cities across Russian Federation.

But Ella Pamfilova, head of the Central Electoral Commission, said no serious violations had been registered yet.

Russian President and Presidential candidate Vladimir Putin at his campaign headquarters on March 18. Voting fraud was widespread in Russia's 2011 parliamentary vote, triggering massive protests in Moscow against Putin's rule.

The main opposition figure, Alexey Navalny, could not run due to a criminal conviction for embezzlement he says was ordered to stop him from taking part.

At the fourth place is acquired by the only female candidate, journalist Ksenia Sobchak, at 1.42%, while the other four candidates did not get even 1%.

His self-assurance and relaxed demeanour reflects the stress-free campaign he has run ahead of Sunday's election that is certain to catapult him to another six-year presidential term.


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