Putin wins fourth term, opponents say vote rigged

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With six more years of Putin's rule, Maslov said he wanted the president to pay more attention to the economy and internal affairs. Putin, who has ruled Russian Federation for nearly two decades, received 76.66 per cent of the votes and is now set to extend his rule until at least 2024.

Without being specific, the National Front then urged the European Union to "put an end to its absurd and counterproductive politics of blackmail, threats and sanctions" against Russian Federation, "a vital ally in the war against terror and our common enemy, the Islamic State". He praised her, saying she represented part of a "quickly developing spectrum of European political forces".

Putin, who has backed Assad politically and militarily since the Syrian conflict broke out in 2011, scored another six years in office on Sunday.

With ballots from 80 percent of Russia's precincts counted by early Monday, Putin had amassed 76 percent of the vote.

Third was ultranationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky with 5.66 percent.

Putin's most vehement foe, anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny, was barred from running Sunday because he was convicted of fraud in a case widely regarded as politically motivated.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May has openly blamed Russian Federation for the incident, which United Kingdom officials say involved a military-grade nerve agent. But the size of the win gives his agenda a strong popular mandate going into his fourth term as president. That paved the way for another 12 years of Putin after he returned to the presidency in 2012.

Putin, Russia's President, said it at the meeting with presidential candidates, Interfax reports.

French President Emmanuel Macron did speak with Putin by telephoneon Monday, wishing Russian Federation and its people "success with the modernization of the country on the political, democratic, economic and social fronts".

The 65-year-old leader responded to a reporter: "It's a bit ridiculous, let's do the math".

British Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said the Organisation for Security and Coopeation in Europe "has deployed an election observation mission to Russian Federation and we will await their assessment before making any comment".

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However, he does not seem willing to carry on for too long, and laughed off a question from a journalist about standing in 2030. According to the constitution he is required to step down in 2024, but he could change the rules to eliminate term limits.

The Russian President - who has been in power for 18 years - beat his closest rival Pavel Grudinin by more than 60%, according to an exit poll by VTsIOM.

However, the European Union said "violations and shortcomings" in the election flouted global standards, pointing to one-sided media coverage and curbs on political freedoms.

Pamfilova denied any incidents of observers being attacked or blocked from polling stations, despite videos posted online. The other seven candidates are far behind.

They gathered widespread examples of apparent voting violations in Sunday's vote, but it's unlikely to seriously damage Putin given his widespread support.

Putin's critics have slammed the election as unfair, citing the Kremlin's tight control over the media, quelling of the opposition and restrictions on some election monitors to ensure a free vote.

The only other candidates to receive more than one percent of the total votes were Ksenia Sobchak (1.7 percent) and Grigory Yavlinsky (1 percent), both of whom lead more outwardly liberal or Western-leaning parties.

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