Vladimir Putin won Russia’s presidential election on Sunday with almost 74 per cent of the vote, according to an official exit poll, with the opposition reporting ballot stuffing and other cases of alleged fraud.
Putin, who has ruled Russia for almost two decades, stood against seven other
candidates, but his most vocal critic Alexei Navalny was barred from the ballot for legal reasons and the final outcome was never in doubt.
The exit poll by state-owned pollster VTsIOM at 1,200 voting stations around Russia projected that Putin had won 73.9 per cent of the vote, up from 64 per cent six years ago.
Communist candidate Pavel Grudinin performed better than expected, with 11.2 per cent according to the exit poll, but the results of all other candidates, including former reality TV host Ksenia Sobchak were forecast to be in single figures.