Vladimir Putin wins presidential elections

Vladimir Putin wins presidential elections

"If they want to express their disapproval, then they don't turn out".

Putin's opponents on Sunday's ballot included a nationalist, a Communist, and two liberals.

Asked whether he might run in 2030, Putin said: "Listen, it seems to me that what you're saying is a little bit amusing".

The growing diplomatic scandal over the poisoning of an ex-spy in Britain will not disrupt Russia's presidential campaign, Vladimir Putin's spokesman has said.

Voters were casting ballots across the world's largest country, from the Pacific coast to Siberia and Moscow.

The exit poll findings looked similar to early results from Russia's Far East, where the presidential vote ended eight hours ago.

As US authorities investigate alleged Russian hacking and other interference in President Donald Trump's 2016 election, Russian authorities claimed that foreign powers are seeking to interfere in Sunday's vote. They included discrepancies in ballot numbers, ballot boxes placed out of sight of observation cameras and last-minute voter registration changes likely created to boost turnout.

At 6 p.m. Moscow time, Russia's Central Election Commission said, nationwide turnout stood at 59.9 percent - just above the level in the 2012 election at that time. But the figures meant little because the population is heavily concentrated farther West in European Russia.

Some 145,000 observers are monitoring the voting in the world's largest country, including 1,500 foreigners and representatives from Mr Navalny's political movement.

"People were coming in all at once, (they) were entering in groups as if a tram has arrived at a stop", said one of the observers, Sergei Krivonogov.

"But the answer was easy ..."

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Election officials moved quickly to respond to some of the violations.

In the message, Xi said that over recent years, the Russian people have united as one in firmly advancing on the path of strengthening the nation, realizing rejuvenation and development, achieving remarkable success in economic and social development, and playing an important constructive role in worldwide affairs.

A state TV journalist reporting live from the southern city of Rostov-on-Don cast his ballot on camera - "I have done my civic duty", he said.

She said she wouldn't go to vote if she wasn't forced to.

Russians in Crimea will be able to vote on Sunday, which coincides with the fourth anniversary of the peninsula's annexation by Moscow. Some Russians have reported being pressured by employers to show up and vote.

Candidates are barred from campaigning Saturday.

Asked directly if the Russian President was "a friend or a foe", Sanders dodged.

Turnout-boosting efforts have been the most visible feature of the campaign - and all come from taxpayers' pockets.

Central Election Commission of Russian Federation is using latest system to keep journalists updated about results and data is updated after every three minutes.

Putin has traveled across Russian Federation pledging to raise wages, pour more funds into the country's crumbling health care and education and modernize dilapidated infrastructure.

There had been no doubt that Putin would win in his fourth electoral contest; he faced seven minor candidates and his most prominent foe was blocked from the ballot.

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