Vladimir Putin may not actually have won 64 percent of the vote, but his victory in Russia's March 4 presidential election is providing a tough reality check for the cosmopolitan, largely Moscow-based protest movement.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is poised to win today’s Russian presidential election in the first round amid allegations of fraud similar to those that sparked protests after December’s parliamentary contest.
Vladimir Putin won 64.06 percent of the votes in Russia’s presidential elections, with 97.63 percent of votes counted, state-run television Rossiya 24 reported, citing preliminary data from the Central Electoral Commission.
Russia’s $3.5 billion of bonds due 2020 extended their advance for a third day, pushing the yield to the lowest in almost two years after Vladimir Putin won his bid to return to the country’s presidency.
Thousands of protesters rallied in central Moscow’s Pushkin Square the day after Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin claimed victory in a presidential election that international observers said was unfair.