Putin Wins Elections in a Landslide
Sunday, 04 March 2012

Preliminary results show Vladimir Putin securing 63.84 per cent of votes in Russia's presidential election, with his closest rival Gennady Zyuganov taking 17.26 per cent.

So far, the Central Election Commission has counted some 40 per cent of the ballots.

Vladimir Zhirinovsky and Mikhail Prokhorov are waging a real political battle for third place, with both winning the support of roughly 7 per cent of voters. Sergey Mironov is running fifth, with some 3.73 per cent of votes cast.

Exit polls show results similar to the CEC’s intermediate data. According to a Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) survey, about 58.3 per cent of Russians cast their votes for Vladimir Putin, while Gennady Zyuganov got the support of 17.7 per cent of the country's voters.Mikhail Prokhorov, Vladimir Zhirinovsky and Sergey Mironov won 9.2, 8.5 and 4.8 per cent of the votes respectively. Around 1.5 per cent of the respondents said they had trashed their ballots.

Vladimir Putin and outgoing president Dmitry Medvedev came out to address thousands of people gathered at Manezhnaya Square. Putin thanked his supporters, telling them, “we have won in an open and fair struggle.”

Russian election authorities will continue counting ballots under observer supervision. But intermediate exit poll data from across the country show that the majority of Russians want to see the current prime minister as their new president.

According to the preliminary data from Russia’s Central Election Commission, over 63.3 per cent of registered voters went to the polling stations Sunday. The figure is lower than during the previous presidential election, in 2008, but higher than during the parliamentary election in 2011.


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