Putin wins 64% of Russian vote

2012-03-05 07:47

Moscow - Russian leader Vladimir Putin crushed his rivals in presidential elections by taking almost 64% of the vote, according to results published on Monday based on an almost complete vote count.

Putin won 63.97% of the vote in Sunday's polls, well ahead of his nearest rival the Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov who won 17.18%. This was based on a count of the vote from 98.47% of polling stations.

Third place went to tycoon-turned-politician Mikhail Prokhorov with 7.7%, a performance seen as a breakthrough as the billionaire had only announced his intention to run late last year.

Maverick ultra-nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky, a fixture in past elections, came fourth with 6.24% while former upper house speaker Sergei Mironov trailed in fifth place with 3.84%.

Turnout was 64%, according to the results published by the central election commission.

Putin's results were even stronger than predicted by opinion polls, even if they were down slightly on the ratings of over 70% that he won in the 2004 presidential elections and then by his protégé Dmitry Medvedev in 2008.

The Russian strongman is now set for an inauguration expected in May to formally regain the Kremlin post he occupied for two terms from 2000 to 2008 before becoming prime minister under the presidency of Medvedev.

  • Jaba - 2012-03-05 09:10

    sad news for the free world.

      Alexander - 2012-03-05 14:50

      man- you have just insulted the majority of the world but -you have an excuse- it is so common for western people

      Fred - 2012-03-05 16:48

      The story hasn't been told yet. It's just the start. I expect Russians won't allow their growing pariah status to last very long.

      Alexander - 2012-03-05 17:08

      @Fred Somebody is paying you for this nonsense you are writing here about Russia? Respect other countries and their choices.

  • Fidel - 2012-03-05 09:25

    Well done Mr President. In your election campaign you promised to put a stop to the warmongering directed towards Iran. I will be holding you to that.

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-05 11:17

      Just spoke to "Vlad" He asked me to tell you , to have a little patience with Iran, he will be quite busy in the following months, to put some more opposition in jail !!!!!

      Anthony - 2012-03-05 12:09

      @Fidel, ""Those days are gone and that has made "the white trash elite" supported by Jaba very mad."" Fidel ; comment in Chavez story , 05 March 2012 One can pretend for a long time, but ALWAYS, the truths will come out !! You are NOTHING more than a chick full of fancy words, AND A DESPICABLE RACIST Go and team up with this Sipho, aka "thatbrotherfromthestates", you will be great together, spewing out your BS, FILTH, HATRED AND RACISM !!!!!!!!!

      Fidel - 2012-03-05 12:44

      Man up and have some balls. I am not here to massage your sensebilities!

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-05 13:06

      No , you don't have to do that. I just pointed out that you are a filthy RACIST !!!!

      Fidel - 2012-03-05 14:54

      Thanks once again!

  • allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-03-05 10:05

    Don't think things will change much, the Russian economy will be his prime concern as success there will be the measuring stick of his term in office.

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