LANDSLIDE – Vladimir Putin wins fourth term reelection to a six-year term as Russian Federation president & Donald Trump congratulates Putin against advisors’ advice

by Al Bloomfield

Monday March 19, 2018

MOSCOW – Vladimir Putin won re-election to a 4th 6 years’ term as president of the Russian Federation with 76.6% of the votes cast with a voter turnout of 67.4%. This is up from the 2012 Russian presidential election where voter turnout was at 65.2%. President Putin’s nearest rival, millionaire communist Pavel Grudinin of the Communist Party, got only 11.79% of the vote. Other presidential candidates fared far worse. Ultranationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky got 5.7% of the vote. Former reality TV show hostess Ksenia Sobchak got 1.7%. Liberal politician Grigory Yavlinsky got a humiliating 1% of the vote. In all of Russian history, only Josef Stalin (who led Russia for nearly 30 years) ruled Russia longer.

But Vladimir Putin’s style of leadership has disenchanted many among the urban youth. Besides efforts to win them over, Mr. Putin is expected to continue his policies of rebuilding Russia back to being a superpower while limiting economic reforms.

Sources of information for this report included CNN, CNBC, Reuters, the Guardian and the New York Times.

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  1. Of course Vladimir Putin won re-election. It was a mere formality. Why did these other people run? What were they thinking? Were they paid to run so that the election would look democratic? Zhirinovsky? That nut job is still alive? Grudinin – the communist millionaire? Are you freaking kidding me? A communist millionaire? That’s like a poor richman, or a black white guy, or a stupid genius – a vulgar contradiction in terms and a species of political hypocrisy that we’ve never seen before.

    Al Bloomfield
    Belleview, FL USA

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