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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