Five graphics that show Putin's dominance in the Russian election

Five graphics that show Putin's dominance in the Russian election

Putin's average in the Russian Federation at the time was 63 percent.

Russian presidential elections were as open as possible, Pamfilova said.

None of the seven candidates who ran against Putin posed a threat, and opposition leader Alexei Navalny was barred from running.

"Let's count. What, do you think I will sit (in power) until I'm 100 years old?" he said, calling the question "funny".

"I see in this (result) the confidence and hope of our people", a beaming Putin told supporters who had gathered in a square next to the Kremlin on Sunday.

'Demonization of Putin' Spokesman for Putin's campaign Andrei Kondrashov said that at more than 67 percent, turnout was 8 to 10 percentage points higher than expected.

The Central Election Commission said on Monday morning that it had not registered any serious complaints of violations.

"Our people always unite in the trying hour".

Golos, an election-monitoring organization, said it registered more than 1,500 violations in regions across Russian Federation. His re-election comes amid spiraling tensions with the West, with the latest standoff sparked by a suspected nerve-agent poisoning in the United Kingdom.

Authorities also used both the carrot and the stick to boost engagement in the polls.

Selfie competitions, giveaways, food festivals and children's entertainers were laid on at polling stations to entice voters.

But employees of state and private companies and students reported coming under pressure to vote.

How long Putin wants to stay in power is uncertain.

Officials and analysts say there is little agreement among Putin's top policymakers on an economic strategy for his new term.

The activist went on to describe all of Sobchak's latest activities as "despicable and hypocritical" and then, while still live on internet broadcast, he said that a few months ago Sobchak visited him at home and told him and his wife, Yulia, that she had been offered "a tremendous sum of money" for agreeing to participate in the presidential elections and that she did not know what to do.

The electoral commission dismissed most concerns, saying monitors sometimes misinterpret what they see.

Among liberal Russians the mood was grim.

His nearest rival, Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin, won 11.8% while nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky got 5.6%.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo called Putin to congratulate him on his victory as did Chinese President Xi Jinping, who has just gained a path to indefinite rule.

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