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Russia election: Putin claims landslide victory

Update : 18 Mar 2024, 10:16

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.

Election marred by alleged Ukrainian attacks

The election took place just over two years since Putin triggered the deadliest European conflict since the Second World War by ordering the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, which he labels a "special military operation."

During the poll, several Russian regions were allegedly attacked by Ukrainian missiles and drones, which killed several people.

After the exit poll was announced, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy described Putin as a power-hungry "dictator."

"It is clear to everyone in the world that this figure — as has happened so often in history — is simply sick from power and is doing everything he can to rule forever. There is no evil he will not commit to prolong his personal power," Zelenskyy said on social media.

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