Russia votes as Vladimir Putin eyes 4th presidential term

Putin urges high voter turnout ahead of Russian election

Vladimir Putin headed to an overwhelming win in Russia's presidential election Sunday, adding six years in the Kremlin for the man who has led the world's largest country for all of the 21st century.

Election monitors were reporting irregularities at voting stations across Russian Federation, even though election authorities were under orders to ensure that the voting was free and fair after violations marred Putin's last election in 2012.

Putin is running for presidency for the fourth time.

Putin's main foe, opposition leader Alexei Navalny, was barred from the race because of a criminal conviction widely seen as politically motivated.

Addressing a rally in Moscow after the early results were declared, Mr Putin said voters had "recognised the achievements of the last few years".

Kremlin officials privately acknowledge a worry that some of Russia's 110 million eligible voters will not bother casting ballots because they believe Putin is a shoo-in. The polls give Putin, the incumbent, support of around 70 per cent, or almost 10 times the backing of his nearest challenger.

Selfie competitions, giveaways, food festivals and children's entertainers were laid on at polling booths in a bid to create a festive atmosphere around the election.

But employees of state and private companies reported coming under pressure to vote, while students were threatened with problems in their exams or even expulsion if they did not take part, according to the independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper.

More than 1,500 global observers are joining thousands of Russian observers to watch the vote.

Crowds gathered in the heart of Russia's capital Moscow late on Sunday as polls for the presidential election closed.

S Korea prosecutors seek arrest warrant for ex-President Lee
Lee's conservative successor, Park Geun-hye, was removed from office and jailed previous year in a separate corruption scandal.

Putin's opponents alleged officials were trying to inflate the turnout.

But the electoral commission dismissed most concerns, saying monitors sometimes misinterpret what they see. The nuclear-capable missile has now been named "Palmyra".

Only Soviet dictator Josef Stalin ruled for longer.

By that time he will be 71-years-old.

"After he brought Crimea back, he became a hero to me".

Today also marks exactly four years since Putin signed a treaty declaring Crimea part of Russian Federation following its annexation from Ukraine, an action that led to the war in the east of the former Soviet state. And the Kremlin remains at odds with Washington after the United States hit Russian Federation with new sanctions over its meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

In response, London expelled 23 Russian diplomats, prompting a tit-for-tat move by Moscow. Putin has promised to use his new term to beef up Russia's defences against the West and to raise living standards.

With ballots counted from 60% of the precincts, Putin won more than 75% of the vote, according to the Central Elections Commission. Speaking after just winning a new six-year term in office from 2018-2024, Putin said he regarded a question about whether he would seek yet another term in six years' time as "funny".

The government wants to ensure that this election is clean after ballot stuffing and fraud marred the last Russian presidential election in 2012.

Related News:



Most liked

Kansas State Basketball: Wildcats take down Cinderella with defensive gem
For comparison, if all chalk had advanced to the Sweet 16 - all No. 1 through No. 4 seeds - their seeds would average out to 2.5. The Retrievers shot just 29 percent (14 of 47) from the field and 27 percent from 3-point range (6 of 22).

S.Korea announces date for military drills with US
Logan said the two joint drills would involve about 23,700 U.S. troops and 300,000 South Korean forces. The scale this year is similar to previous years, Defense Department officials said.

The "Stranger Things" Cast Reportedly Received a Raise Ahead of Season 3
According to The Hollywood Reporter , some of the show's most prominent cast members have secured a hefty increase in pay. The next season is set to give Will Byers (Schnapp) a bit of a break as it deals with new forces of evil.

Taliban attack kills 5 Afghan police
Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani has put a peace offer on the table, and analysts say the ball is now in the Taliban's court.

Putin on track for victory in Russian election
In America, authorities are investigating alleged Russian hacking and interference in the 2016 United States election. Videos from across Russian Federation have emerged appearing to show officials slotting bulletins in to ballot boxes.

Jose Altuve reportedly to sign huge 5-year extension with Astros
The American League MVP is a five-time All-Star and was a key part of Houston's run to the World Series title previous year . The 27-year-old second baseman hit.346 last season to win his second straight AL batting title and third in four seasons.

'Slumlord' Jared Kushner Condemned for Family Real Estate Company's False Filings
The company also likely made money by reducing the number of rent-regulated tenants and bringing in those who would pay more. The false claim came to light in contradictory paperwork filed with the Department of Buildings and Department of Finance.

NCAA Tournament: 11-seed Loyola tops Tennessee on late jumper
It's individualized 'on how they did, and whether it was good or whether they have to improve in certain parts, ' Schmidt said. ". The last No. 11 seed to make it to the Final Four took the long way, which oddly enough took them through Chicago as well.

Selena Gomez visits Australia amid Justin Bieber split rumors
Justin Bieber , who normally attends the Hillsong conference, was also not with Selena either. Gomez wore a bright orange bikini top and black bikini bottoms.

Facebook Security Chief Said to Leave After Clashes Over Disinformation
The British firm said it "strongly denies" the claims from Channel 4 as well as reports on misuse of Facebook data. In a statement to CNN, a spokesperson for Facebook said he is still the CSO.

Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL) Expected To Report Earnings On Monday
Several analysts have released their opinion on Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL), with 19 analysts believing it is a strong buy. It improved, as 67 investors sold ORCL shares while 498 reduced holdings. 122 funds opened positions while 519 raised stakes.

Madhuri will fill in for Sridevi in Karan Johar's upcoming production
Before the untimely demise of Sridevi in Dubai on 24 February, 2018, she and Dutt were set to reunite on screen after 25 years. Sridevi's daughter Janhvi Kapoor made the announcement on her Instagram page with a picture of the two actresses'.

Del Potro topples Federer for title
Argentine del Potro fought back to defeat the evergreen top-ranked Swiss in three sets, winning 6-4, 6-7, 7-6. Del Potro was competing in his first Indian Wells final since 2013, when he lost to Spaniard Rafael Nadal .

On Russia's President Putin
Navalny was barred from contesting the election and had called for a boycott of Sunday's vote in protest. Other experts have said Putin has made "no secret" of his plans to reverse the dissolution of the USSR.

'Legends Of Tomorrow' Adds Matt Ryan As Series Regular For Season 4
With that, Matt Ryan's new status as a series regular would help fill that void, should the series come back for a fourth season. Like many others before him, he has jumped around the Arrowverse and will now be a part of the Legends .