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Russia election: Putin wins with 88% support, exit poll says

Update : 18 Mar 2024, 01:27

Russian President Vladimir Putin was slated to win the country's presidential election, state-run exit polls showed Sunday.

The government-run VTsIOM pollster showed the 71-year-old had won a landslide, having secured an estimated 88% of the vote in the three-day election that included no real opposition candidates.

The exit polls were released following the closure of polling stations in Russia's westernmost region of Kaliningrad on Sunday evening.

If confirmed, the result would be a record for Putin, who received 76.7% of the vote in the last presidential election in 2018.

The former KGB spy would become Russia's longest-serving leader in more than 200 years, overtaking Josef Stalin.

Putin is now poised to extend his nearly quarter century of rule for six more years having presided over a thorough crackdown on dissent,

International observers did not monitor the election across the vast country which reaches across 11 time zones. 

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