Russian Observers Charge Fraud in Putin's Landslide Re-Election

Russian Observers Charge Fraud in Putin's Landslide Re-Election

Russian Observers Charge Fraud in Putin's Landslide Re-Election

Certainty in European elections has been in scant supply recently, but even the most left-field predictions for yesterday's Russian presidential race would have had a hard time backing anyone other than Vladimir Putin.

"Conveying his compliments on Putin's success, the Prime Minister expressed the hope that under Putin's leadership, the Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership between India and the Russian Federation will continue to grow from strength to strength", the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement.

Following Putin's landslide victory on Sunday, worldwide election monitors had called the election "overly controlled" and said it "lacked genuine competition".

Putin, who has ruled Russian Federation for nearly two decades, recorded his best ever election performance with 76.67 percent of the vote but rejected the possibility of staying in power indefinitely.

With opposition leader Alexei Navalny banned from running due to an embezzlement conviction, . "I wanted to tell the people the truth on pro-Putin nationwide TV channels", Sobchak said in an interview with RT's Ilya Petrenko, soon after the end of the election.

Russian presidential elections were as open as possible, Pamfilova said. "What, do you think I will sit (in power) until I'm 100 years old?" he said, calling the question "funny".

The central election commission said that Putin has received 76 percent of the vote while the Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin got 13.38 per cent votes.

Navalny's opposition movement and the non-governmental election monitor Golos reported ballot stuffing, repeat voting and Putin supporters being bussed into polling stations en masse.

"Britain should be thanked for that", he told Russian journalists.

Asked after his re-election if he would run for yet another term in the future, Mr. Putin laughed off the idea."Let's count".

In the runup to the vote, a new crisis broke out with the West as Britain implicated Putin in the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal with a Soviet-designed nerve agent. "This goal has no relation whatsoever to the result of the vote", she said.

During campaigning, Putin, a 65-year-old former KGB officer, stressed Russia's role as a major world power, boasting of its "invincible" new nuclear weapons.

Earlier, Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan too congratulated Putin.

"There is no feeling that another six years will become Putin's last in power", liberal newspaper Vedomosti said in an editorial.

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