Putin wins fourth presidential term in landslide

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President Vladimir Putin won a fourth term in Russia’s presidential elections in a landslide victory, securing another six years in power. It will be the last term he is allowed under the current rules of the Russian constitution.

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He took more than 75 percent of the vote, according to exit polls (The Guardian, CNN), expanding his time as leader to nearly a quarter century.

Though there were eight candidates on the ballot, Putin’s rivals trailed far behind his 80 percent approval rating (Washington Post). Prior to the vote, the result was not in question, reports The Economist.

Putin’s victory comes on the back of an international standoff between Russia and Britain over the poisoning of a former Russian double agent on UK soil. While the British government has said that Moscow is responsible for the attack the Kremlin denies any wrongdoing.

The president, who is the longest-serving leader since Communist Party leader Josef Stalin (Washington Post), has carved a public image of himself as a fierce defender of Russia’s national interests against hostile Western governments.

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