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Putin Wins Landslide Re-Election to Extend 25-Year Rule

President Vladimir Putin won a record 88% in Russia’s presidential election on Sunday, exit polls and first results showed, cementing his grip on power, though thousands of opponents staged a symbolic noon protest at polling stations.

The early result means Putin, who came to power in 1999, looks to have easily won a new six-year term that would enable him to overtake Josef Stalin and become Russia’s longest-serving leader for more than 200 years.

Putin won 87.8% of the vote, the highest ever result in Russia’s post-Soviet history, an exit poll by pollster FOM showed. The Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (VCIOM) put Putin on 87%. First official results indicated the polls were accurate.

The election comes just over two years since Putin triggered the deadliest European conflict since World War Two by ordering the invasion of Ukraine. He casts it as a “special military operation.”

War has hung over the three day election: Ukraine has repeatedly attacked oil refineries in Russia, shelled Russian regions and sought to pierce Russian borders with proxy forces – a move Putin said would not be left unpunished.

While Putin’s re-election is not in doubt given his control over Russia and the absence of any real challengers, the former KGB spy wanted to show that he has the overwhelming support of Russians. Several hours before polls closed at 1800 GMT, the nationwide turnout surpassed 2018 levels of 67.5%.

Supporters of Putin’s most prominent opponent Alexei Navalny, who died in an Arctic prison last month, had called on Russians to come out at a “Noon against Putin” protest to show their dissent against a leader they cast as a corrupt autocrat.

There was no independent tally of how many of Russia’s 114 million voters took part in the opposition demonstrations, amid extremely tight security involving tens of thousands of police and security officials.

Reuters journalists saw an increase in the flow of voters, especially younger people, at noon at polling stations in Moscow, St Petersburg and Yekaterinburg, with queues of several hundred people and even thousands.

Some said they were protesting, though there were few outward signs to distinguish them from ordinary voters.

As noon arrived across Asia and Europe, crowds hundreds strong gathered at polling stations at Russian diplomatic missions. Navalny’s widow, Yulia, appeared at the Russian embassy in Berlin to cheers and chants of “Yulia, Yulia.”

Exiled Navalny supporters broadcast footage on YouTube of protests inside Russia and abroad.

READ 39 COMMENTS
  • k says:

    Tell-tale sign for America & the Nov. 2024 election & 81+ million approve Biden is the “BETTER” choice over the “CRIMINAL” Trump…

    The sad thing is “NO-ONE” is looking hard enough much less doing anything about the crimes Joe has committed & is still committing & notice how quiet this Hunter case has become???

    There has been a lot of blood spilt in the short 3.5 yrs. since Biden took office, from Afghanistan beyond w/ China, N.K. & Iran flexing their muscles against America all whilst Joe bowing down to these parasites!!

    God have mercy upon America & We the people.

    Trump 2024

  • Muddy10 says:

    Is Biden learning from this “landslide”? Will the dems put the Putin election process in place?

  • Rusty Nayle says:

    Hmmm. Was it the same 81 million votes that our dictator got?

  • There will never be a free election in Russia as long as that man’s around the reason he has been in office so long is its rigged every single time kind of like the DNC

  • Frank says:

    Ha ha….I fucking imagine

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