Its almost 20 years Vladimir Putin has served Russia as a prime minister or president. To extend some more, Vladimir Putin will lead Russia for another six years after he gained an expected victory in the presidential election.
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The central commission confirmed that with 50% of the votes counted, Putin received 75% of votes whereas the opposition leader, Alexei Navalny lost the race by a greater margin.
CAPTION: Vladimir Putin wins 2018 presidential election SOURCE: Deutsche Welle
After the results were declared, Putin addressed a rally in the capital, Moscow, where Putin stated that the voters have recognized the achievement of the last few years.
In comparison to Putin's win in 2012 with 64%, this time the scale of victory has gone higher than the predicted. Among the list of the competitors, the nearest one to Putin was Pavel Grudinin who received 13.2% votes according to the reports from the central election commission.
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In the race for the presidency, the competitors were millionaire communist, Pavel Grudinin, television host, Ksenia Sobchak along with veteran nationalist, Vladimir Zhirinovsky.
Post Putin's victory, Russia’s Interfax in talks with a spokesperson quoted that it was an incredible victory. The spokesperson further said:
The percentage that we have just seen speaks for itself. It's a mandate which Putin needs for future decisions, and he has a lot of them to make