Vladamir Putin wins Russian presidential election
RUSSIA: Controversial Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has claimed victory in the country’s Presidential election, standing before tens of thousands of cheering supporters — even as the opposition and independent observers claimed faulty that votes were marred by widespread violations.
During a discussion outside the Kremlin, Putin thanked his supporters for helping foil what he calls ‘plots’ aiming to destroy Russia, finishing with a nationalistic theme that has resonated with his core supporters.
“I have promised that we would win and we have won!” he shouted to the flag-waving crowd, which responded with shouts of support. “We have won in an open and honest struggle.”
According to polls, Putin talled in 58-59 perfect of Sunday’s vote. Communist party Gennady Zyuganov received about 18 percent, according to the survey, and the others — nationalist Vladimir Zhirionvsky, socialist Sergei Mironov and billionaire Prokhorov were all in single digits.
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