Putin re-elected in landslide, extending rule another 6 years


President Vladimir Putin cruised to an expected victory on Sunday with exit polls showing he got nearly 74 percent of the vote, allowing him to secure his fourth six-year term as president and cementing his control over the world’s largest country – even as opponents warned of widespread fraud and ballot stuffing.

Putin faced seven challengers in the election, but his most serious competitor, Alexei Navalny, was barred from running by the government over what he called a conviction on a trumped-up corruption charge.

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