Putin Claims Nearly 88% of Vote in Russian Presidential Election Amid Criticism and Protests



In the recent presidential elections in Russia, state-run exit polls and early results indicate that Vladimir Putin has won nearly 88% of the vote. This victory extends his presidency by another six years, amid global criticisms pointing out the absence of real political competition and questioning the election’s fairness. The elections saw significant participation from regions occupied by Russia, including parts of Ukraine. Moreover, the elections were marked by protests against Putin and the war, showcasing a considerable opposition movement despite the overwhelming victory margin reported for Putin.

  • State-run exit polls show Vladimir Putin winning nearly 88% of the vote in the Russian presidential election.
  • Critics argue the election was neither free nor fair due to the lack of real political opposition.
  • Putin’s victory extends his rule until at least 2029, continuing his leadership which began in 1999.
  • High support for Putin was notably recorded in the occupied territories of Ukraine, including Donetsk, Luhansk, and Kherson regions.
  • Despite Putin’s victory, protests against him and the war were significant, with many Russians participating in opposition campaigns.
  • Alexei Navalny’s team declared the opposition’s campaign against Putin a success, despite Navalny’s death a month prior in a penal colony.
  • In Berlin, protests against the Russian election were held, with participation from Julia Navalnaya, the widow of the late Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
  • Matthew Murray, a Russia expert, emphasized that the protests represent a desire for a free Russia and a modern, stable, and peaceful democracy.
  • The legality of Putin’s regime is questioned by many, pointing out its reliance on fear, repression, and cruelty.
  • The election result underscores questions about Putin’s legitimacy and the sustainability of his governance style.

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