“His victory takes his political dominance of Russia to nearly a quarter of a century, until 2024. Only Soviet dictator Josef Stalin ruled for longer.”
Vladimir Putin won yet another Russia’s presidential election on Sunday, extending his rule over the world’s largest country for another six years at a time when his ties with the West are on a hostile trajectory.
The vote was tainted by widespread reports of ballot-box stuffing and forced voting, but the complaints will likely do little to undermine Mr Putin.
His thumping victory overnight will extend his total time in office to nearly a quarter of a century, until 2024, by which time he will be 71. Only Soviet dictator Josef Stalin ruled for longer.
In an outcome that was never in doubt, the Central Election Commission, with nearly 100 percent of the votes counted, announced that Mr. Putin, who has run Russia as president or prime minister since 1999, had won 76 percent of the vote. Besides Communist candidate Pavel Grudinin and ultranationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky trailing far behind with about 13 and 6 percent of the votes, respectively.
Many Russians believe he has restored stability after the chaos that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union. For one woman, Putin is the only man to lead the country in what she says is an ‘unstable’ world.
“It is Vladimir Putin, there is a threat from everywhere, only he can resolve this situation,” she said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Putin has promised to use his new term to beef up Russia’s defences against the West and to raise living standards.
Mr. Modi’s Congratulation:
Indian, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called up Vladimir Putin to congratulated him on his re-election.
“Conveying his compliments on Putin’s success, the prime minister expressed the hope that under Putin’s leadership, the Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership between India and the Russian Federation will continue to grow from strength to strength,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.
“The Prime Minister also stated that he looked forward to welcoming President Putin in India for the annual summit later this year,” it added.
Other countries leaders like the Chinese president, Serbian president, Venezuela president and Cuban president also congratulated president Putin for his re-election victory.