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Vladimir Putin Elected Fourth Term As Russia Leader by Pharaoh001(f): 7:23pm On Mar 18, 2018
BREAKING: Putin Elected Fourth Term As Russia President


Vladimir Putin has been re-elected for the fourth term as the President of Russia


Putin on Sunday won fourth Kremlin term with 73.9 percent of the vote.

He is expected to lead Russia for another six years.

Vladimir Putin was earlier projected to win the Russian presidential election with 73.9 percent of the vote, to secure a fourth Kremlin term, according to an exit poll by state-owned pollster VTsIOM.

The exit poll from 1,200 polling stations around Russia gave second place to Communist candidate Pavel Grudinin with 11.2 percent. VTsIOM said in a statement that over 37 percent of those polled refused to say who they voted for.

Putin Wins As Opposition Cries Foul
Russians voted Sunday in a presidential election which hands Vladimir Putin a record fourth term, with officials reporting strong turnout but the opposition crying foul.

Putin contested against seven other candidates, but his most vocal critic Alexei Navalny was barred for legal reasons and the outcome is in little doubt.

About 107 million Russians are eligible to cast ballots and turnout was nearly 60 percent an hour before polls closed in Moscow at 1700 GMT, according to figures displayed in the central electoral commission information centre.

Authorities have pulled out all the stops to boost participation, with selfie competitions, cheap or free food and entertainers organising games for children at polling stations.

Employees of state and private companies have reported coming under pressure to vote, while students have been threatened with problems in their exams or even expulsion if they do not take part, according to the opposition-leaning Novaya Gazeta newspaper.

Unprecedented violations
Navalny, who is overseeing a campaign for a vote boycott and sent over 33,000 observers across the country with manual counters to see how official turnout figures differ from those of monitors, said there had been “unprecedented violations”.

His supporters and the non-governmental election monitor Golos reported ballot stuffing, repeat voting and Putin supporters being bussed into polling stations en masse.

One election commission worker in the Republic of Dagestan, which traditionally registers extremely high official turnout figures, told AFP around 50 men entered the station where he was working and physically assaulted an independent observer before stuffing a ballot box.

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


Since first being elected president in 2000, Putin has stamped his total authority on the world’s biggest country, muzzling opposition, putting television under state control and reasserting Moscow’s standing abroad.

The 65-year-old former KGB officer has sought to use the campaign to emphasise Russia’s role as a major world power, boasting of its “invincible” new nuclear weapons in a pre-election speech.

Casting his ballot in Moscow, Putin said he would be pleased with any result giving him the right to continue as president.

“I am sure the programme I am offering is the right one,” said the man who is already Russia’s longest-serving leader since Stalin.

Most people who spoke to AFP said they voted for Putin, praising him for lifting the country out of the post-Soviet quagmire.

“Of course I’m for Putin, he’s a leader,” said Olga Matyunina, a 65-year-old retired economist.

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

Sunday marks four years since Putin signed a treaty declaring Crimea to be part of Russia in a move that triggered a pro-Kremlin insurgency in east Ukraine, a conflict that has claimed over 10,000 lives.

Why vote?
Ahead of the vote, a new crisis broke out with the West as Britain implicated Putin in the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal with a Soviet-designed nerve agent.

In response, London expelled 23 Russian diplomats, prompting a tit-for-tat move by Moscow. Also this week, Washington hit Russia with sanctions for trying to influence the 2016 US election.

Putin’s previous Kremlin term was marked by a crackdown on the opposition after huge protests, the Ukraine conflict, military intervention in Syria and the introduction of Western sanctions that contributed to a fall in living standards.

But he seems certain to extend his rule to 2024 despite a lacklustre campaign and a litany of domestic problems such as widespread poverty and poor healthcare.

State-run pollsters predict Putin will take about 70 percent of the vote, with the independent Levada Centre — branded a “foreign agent” — barred from releasing any polls.

“I will not go to vote. What for?” Boris Limarev, a 39-year-old manager, said as he walked his dog near a polling station in Saint Petersburg.

“It’s clear to everyone who will be elected.”

“And the rest of the candidates are clowns,” interjected his wife Anna, 35.

“Another six years of slavery,” said a piece of paper made up to look like a ballot which was spotted on a Moscow street — in an apparent reference to Putin’s next term.

Putin’s Kremlin-approved challengers include millionaire communist Pavel Grudinin and former reality TV host Ksenia Sobchak, but none was expected to win more than seven percent.

Election officials flew to far-flung regions to collect votes from indigenous herders, while cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov — the only Russian currently aboard the International Space Station — cast his ballot by proxy.

With the vast country stretching across 11 time zones, polls close in Kaliningrad, the exclave on the EU border, at 1800 GMT, with exit polls due shortly afterwards and official results issued through the night.

AFP

https://www.channelstv.com/2018/03/18/breaking-putin-elected-fourth-term-as-russia-leader/

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Re: Vladimir Putin Elected Fourth Term As Russia Leader by traeces(m): 7:24pm On Mar 18, 2018
One thing no one can take away from Putin is the fact that he is a nationalistic leader

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Re: Vladimir Putin Elected Fourth Term As Russia Leader by emamos: 7:25pm On Mar 18, 2018
hurrah

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Re: Vladimir Putin Elected Fourth Term As Russia Leader by Abjay97(m): 7:27pm On Mar 18, 2018
Woah.. Most powerful man in the world.. Far stronger than buhari... though much younger... CONGRATS MAN

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Re: Vladimir Putin Elected Fourth Term As Russia Leader by yemaldo(m): 7:27pm On Mar 18, 2018
If na black man....

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Re: Vladimir Putin Elected Fourth Term As Russia Leader by Biglittlelois(f): 8:31pm On Mar 18, 2018
And the dictator continues, Putin conveniently tied his strong opponent Alexie Navalny to a court case so as to bar him from contesting if not he would have won, how long will one man continue to rule smh undecided

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Re: Vladimir Putin Elected Fourth Term As Russia Leader by Nobody: 8:31pm On Mar 18, 2018
angry




Perfect example of a kind of leader that has a vision and his people are happy with him.. A true leader doesn't speak before his works..rather, he let's his works speak for him..






....Not one deaf almajiri that shifts blames up and down and use the last failed government as a yardstick to measure his own cluelessness...

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Re: Vladimir Putin Elected Fourth Term As Russia Leader by BabyApple: 8:31pm On Mar 18, 2018
Yes
Re: Vladimir Putin Elected Fourth Term As Russia Leader by Smily202(m): 8:32pm On Mar 18, 2018
Who go challenge am Kwanu cheesy

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Re: Vladimir Putin Elected Fourth Term As Russia Leader by themonk(m): 8:32pm On Mar 18, 2018
grin

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Re: Vladimir Putin Elected Fourth Term As Russia Leader by Millz404(m): 8:32pm On Mar 18, 2018
Oya buhari congratulate him like you are going to pass one term

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Re: Vladimir Putin Elected Fourth Term As Russia Leader by LibertyRep: 8:32pm On Mar 18, 2018
Fourth term? Well whatever rocks their boat.

Chinese President too just won another term and might even be president for life.

This sit tight syndrome isn't an Africa thing after all.

Congratulations.

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Re: Vladimir Putin Elected Fourth Term As Russia Leader by yungpowers(m): 8:32pm On Mar 18, 2018
When he's a good leader who's got guts and rules according to the nation's constitution, why won't I celebrate him.
All hail Putin!
All hail Putin!!
All hail Putin!!!

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Re: Vladimir Putin Elected Fourth Term As Russia Leader by Wiseandtrue(f): 8:32pm On Mar 18, 2018
Pharaoh001:


Employees of state and private companies have reported coming under pressure to vote, while students have been threatened with problems in their exams or even expulsion if they do not take part, according to the opposition-leaning Novaya Gazeta newspaper.

https://www.channelstv.com/2018/03/18/breaking-putin-elected-fourth-term-as-russia-leader/
Nigeria, how far?

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Re: Vladimir Putin Elected Fourth Term As Russia Leader by Timagex(m): 8:32pm On Mar 18, 2018
shocked shocked shocked
Re: Vladimir Putin Elected Fourth Term As Russia Leader by adezjamz(m): 8:32pm On Mar 18, 2018
A man, other than an American president that maintain his position as the world's most powerful for third consecutive time (according to Forbes) deserves to rule till his death.

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Re: Vladimir Putin Elected Fourth Term As Russia Leader by zlantanfan: 8:33pm On Mar 18, 2018
F
Re: Vladimir Putin Elected Fourth Term As Russia Leader by Pidginwhisper: 8:33pm On Mar 18, 2018
Ijaya1 If World military dey do transfer.i for accept loan offer from Putingrin grin

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Re: Vladimir Putin Elected Fourth Term As Russia Leader by Authoreety: 8:33pm On Mar 18, 2018
D guy is just 2much!


Gud for him

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Re: Vladimir Putin Elected Fourth Term As Russia Leader by Johnzzy(m): 8:33pm On Mar 18, 2018
Please let no one start comparing this to African leaders.

African leaders hold on to power disregarding ANY constitution authority and maing it by all means. The closest any African leader got to holding on to power legally was during Obasanjo's third term bid.

The rules and constitutional laws that make Putin go in for a fourth term were set by a predecessor. So he is simply following a precedence.

No comparison to power hungry charlatans this side of the hemisphere AT ALL.

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Re: Vladimir Putin Elected Fourth Term As Russia Leader by Luukasz(m): 8:33pm On Mar 18, 2018
Anybody that has the intention of voting buhari will die before 2019.. ase

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Re: Vladimir Putin Elected Fourth Term As Russia Leader by adezjamz(m): 8:33pm On Mar 18, 2018
Luukasz:
Anybody that has the intention of voting buhari will die before 2019.. ase
Use your brain.

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Re: Vladimir Putin Elected Fourth Term As Russia Leader by Nukilia: 8:33pm On Mar 18, 2018
God bless VLADMIR grin grin cheesy cheesy

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Re: Vladimir Putin Elected Fourth Term As Russia Leader by Abfinest007(m): 8:33pm On Mar 18, 2018
d poll is what tell if u are a good leader.congrat

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Re: Vladimir Putin Elected Fourth Term As Russia Leader by gurunlocker: 8:34pm On Mar 18, 2018
Come my people, we dey abuse African leaders of stinging to power for a very long time, isn't this the same thing happening here? Germany, now Russia?

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Re: Vladimir Putin Elected Fourth Term As Russia Leader by Amarabae(f): 8:34pm On Mar 18, 2018
I am happy for that.
America need a checkmate and a country who can match them toe to toe.
Syria is a clear example,
Russia is the reason why the Syria president is still in power after USA tried all they could to oust him just like they did in Libya, Iraq

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Re: Vladimir Putin Elected Fourth Term As Russia Leader by Flexy2vybes(m): 8:34pm On Mar 18, 2018
WAWU
Re: Vladimir Putin Elected Fourth Term As Russia Leader by hakeem4(m): 8:34pm On Mar 18, 2018
Putin has more admirers than the West think

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Re: Vladimir Putin Elected Fourth Term As Russia Leader by slyfoxxjoe(m): 8:35pm On Mar 18, 2018
Putin my man! nothing do you..continue causing confusion in America for the next 6 years. They can't do you shxt!

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Re: Vladimir Putin Elected Fourth Term As Russia Leader by Emperortj93(m): 8:35pm On Mar 18, 2018
vlamidir putin the slayer of the west
vlamidir putin my hero

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Re: Vladimir Putin Elected Fourth Term As Russia Leader by engrelvis(m): 8:36pm On Mar 18, 2018
Tommoro dey will say is only Africa leaders dat deos .is Putin d only qualified Russian dat can rule Russia.4th term ,haba!

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