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Putin wins Russian elections


Putin wins Russian elections

President Vladimir Putin secured a historic victory in Russia’s election on Sunday, solidifying his power despite protests and criticism from the United States. The former KGB lieutenant colonel, in power since 1999, aims to show the West that Russia will remain a major player for years to come.

Putin’s landslide win guarantees him another six-year term, surpassing Josef Stalin as Russia’s longest-serving leader. With nearly 88% of the vote, he achieved the highest post-Soviet result according to exit polls. Despite concerns over the fairness of the election, Putin’s control over Russia and lack of viable opponents ensured his victory.

Opposition to Putin, led by the late Alexei Navalny, staged protests nationwide at polling stations but faced heavy security measures. The demonstrations aimed to show dissent against Putin’s rule, with some voters joining in anonymously. Navalny’s widow and exiled supporters rallied at Russian embassies abroad, highlighting the fight against what they see as a corrupt regime.

The election occurred amidst tensions with Ukraine and allegations of Western interference. Putin frames the conflict as a response to aggression from Ukraine and the West, accusing them of trying to manipulate the electoral process. As Russia heads into a new chapter under Putin’s leadership, the international community watches closely, wary of potential geopolitical shifts and further confrontations.


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