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Anti-Putin activists detained ahead of presidential inauguration Putin set to win fourth presidential term
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More than 1000 anti-Kremlin activists detained during street protests against Vladimir Putin ahead of his inauguration Help WikiTribune report on the Russian presidential elections on Sunday that could take Putin to nearly a quarter century in power
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<strong>More than 1000 anti-Kremlin activists were<a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-protests/russian-opposition-leader-and-activists-held-before-putin-inauguration-idUSKBN1I60BJ"> detained on May 5 during street protests</a> against Vladimir Putin ahead of his inauguration.</strong>  
The group included opposition leader <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexei_Navalny">Alexei Navalny</a> who had called for demonstrations in more than 90 towns and cities across Russia.  
Navalny lead his supporters in chants before being detained in central Moscow.  
In March, Putin won a fourth term in Russia's presidential elections in a <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/news/picture/putin-wins-landslide-re-election-in-russ-idUKRTS1O5ZA">landslide victory</a>, securing another six years in power. It will be the last term he is allowed under the current rules of the Russian constitution. <strong>President Vladimir Putin is set to <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-election/putin-rides-russia-first-wave-toward-election-victory-idUSKCN1GR1OC\">win a fourth term in the Russian presidential elections on March 18,</a> reports Reuters. However, it would be the last term he is allowed by current rules in the Russian constitution.</strong>
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He took more than 75 percent of the vote, according to exit polls (<em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/18/vladimir-putin-wins-russian-election-with-more-than-70-of-vote-exit-poll">The Guardian</a>, <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2018/03/18/europe/vladimir-putin-russian-election-2018-results-intl/index.html">CNN</a></em>), expanding his time as leader to <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-election/putin-rides-russia-first-wave-toward-election-victory-idUSKCN1GR1OC">nearly a quarter century</a>.  
Though there were <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/a-look-at-the-8-candidates-in-russias-presidential-election/2018/03/16/963a5d44-2925-11e8-a227-fd2b009466bc_story.html?utm_term=.fa6ff3703296">eight candidates on the ballot</a>, Putin's rivals trailed far behind his 80 percent approval rating (<em>Washington Post</em>). Prior to the vote, the result was <a href="https://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2018/03/economist-explains-13">not in question</a>, reported <em>The Economist.</em>  Though there are <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/a-look-at-the-8-candidates-in-russias-presidential-election/2018/03/16/963a5d44-2925-11e8-a227-fd2b009466bc_story.html?utm_term=.fa6ff3703296">eight candidates in the vote</a>, Putin's rivals trail far behind his 80 percent approval rating (<em>Washington Post</em>). The result is <a href="https://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2018/03/economist-explains-13">not in question</a>, reports <em>The Economist.</em>
  His victory will only be threatened if there is a low turnout – which could hinder his legitimacy as a leader – or if the <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-election/putin-rides-russia-first-wave-toward-election-victory-idUSKCN1GR1OC">Russians who oppose him take to the streets on election day.</a>
  The president, who is the longest serving leader since Communist Party leader Joseph Stalin, has carved a public image of himself as a fierce defender of Russia's national interests against hostile Western governments. Another term would take Putin to <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-election/putin-rides-russia-first-wave-toward-election-victory-idUSKCN1GR1OC">nearly a quarter century in power</a>.
Putin's victory comes on the back of an international standoff between Russia and Britain over the <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/09/espionage/how-nerve-agent-attack-could-be-a-new-chapter-in-kremlins-playbook-experts/54186/">poisoning of a former Russian double agent on UK soil</a>. While the British government has said that Moscow is responsible for the attack the Kremlin denies any wrongdoing.  His expected win will come on the back of an international standoff between Russia and Britain over the <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/09/espionage/how-nerve-agent-attack-could-be-a-new-chapter-in-kremlins-playbook-experts/54186/">poisoning of a former Russian double agent on UK soil</a>. Fingers point to Moscow however the Kremlin denies any wrongdoing.
The president, who is <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/09/14/putin-quietly-becomes-longest-serving-russian-leader-since-stalin/?utm_term=.ee3e2739a061">the longest-serving leader since Communist Party leader Josef Stalin</a> <em>(Washington Post)</em>, has carved a public image of himself as a fierce defender of Russia's national interests against hostile Western governments.   
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