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Russia election: Vladimir Putin wins by big margin
World | politics | 09:03, 19 March 2018 | 638

AKIPRESS.COM - Vladimir Putin will lead Russia for another six years, after securing an expected victory in Sunday's presidential election, BBC reported.

With almost all the ballots counted, he had received more than 76% of the vote, the central election commission said.

The main opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, was barred from the race.

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

Speaking to reporters, he laughed off a question about running again in another six years.

"What you are saying is a bit funny. Do you think that I will stay here until I'm 100 years old? No!" he said.

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