Russian President Vladimir Putin won a fourth term yesterday with more than 76 percent of the votes.
More than 67.47 percent of Russians voted in the 2018 presidential elections, just shy of the 70 percent the presidential administration was aiming for.
Pavel Grudinin, the millionaire Communist Party leader, finished second with 11.8 percent, while nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky got 5.6 percent.
— President of Russia (@KremlinRussia_E) March 18, 2018
Shortly after his reelection, president Putin addressed rally on Manezhnaya Square in Moscow stating his win was a vote of confidence on the progress Russia has been doing in the last few years, especially through tough conditions.
President Putin will use his fourth term to raise living standards, and to bolster Russia’s defenses against the West.
Igor Morozov, a member of the upper house of parliament, affirmed that the results couldn’t be influenced by the United States nor Britain.
“I think that in the United States and Britain they’ve understood they cannot influence our elections.”
After the elections, President Putin answered media questions in which he was asked about Ukrainians denying Russian nationals to vote in Ukraine.
Question: The voter turnout across the country was high but, unfortunately, Ukraine restricted Russian nationals’ right to vote. What is your opinion? And how can Russia retaliate?
Vladimir Putin: It is a disgrace. It is a violation of all generally recognised international norms. But Russia will not retaliate. For us Ukraine and Ukrainians are a brotherly people. I have always said that. We will not respond with any restrictions; on the contrary, we will do everything for Ukrainians to feel at home in Russia.
President Putin’s reelection will enable him to rule for another six years, making him the second longest ruler since Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.