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Putin easily wins re-election in Russian Federation

Putin easily wins re-election in Russian Federation

The major goal for Russian authorities is producing a big turnout that will hand Putin the legitimacy he craves and a mandate for his fourth term.

"I, therefore, ask you to come to the polling stations on Sunday, use your right to choose a future for the great Russian Federation that we love".

The 65-year-old former KGB agent appeared confident after casting his vote in Moscow.

Yekaterina said she isn't sure what she'll do with her ballot, musing that "maybe I'll just write 'Putin is a moron.'" But she clearly understands that not showing up at the polling place Sunday will not only endanger her job, but will reflect badly on her boss, whom she likes. Over 108 million citizens in Russian Federation and almost 2 million outside are eligible to take part in the vote.

A 43-year-old mechanic had to vote if he wanted to keep his job.

The doctor, who gave her name only as Yekaterina because of fears about repercussions, said she and her co-workers were told to fill out forms detailing not only where they would cast their ballots, but giving the names and details of two "allies" whom they promise to persuade to go vote.

Across the country in the city of Yekaterinburg, a doctor also said she was being coerced to vote. Exit polls show Grundinin with some 15% of the vote.

This was the first-time voters in Moscow were being given free pop concert tickets for voting.

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With the vast country stretching across 11 time zones, polls close in Kaliningrad, the exclave on the European Union border, at 1800 GMT, with exit polls due shortly afterwards and official results issued through the night.

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Voting fraud was widespread in Russia's 2011 parliamentary vote, triggering massive protests in Moscow against Putin's rule. For comparison, 55.7 percent of the USA voting-age population participated in the 2016 presidential election, according to the Pew Research Center.

Members of his opposition group and other observers - including 1,500 foreigners - monitored the election that included 97,000 polling stations stretched across Russia's 11 time zones.

Some examples: ballot boxes being stuffed with extra ballots in multiple regions; an election official assaulting an observer; CCTV cameras obscured by flags or nets from watching ballot boxes; discrepancies in ballot numbers; last-minute voter registration changes likely created to boost turnout and a huge pro-Putin board inside one polling station.

Members of a local election commission empty a ballot box before starting to count votes during the presidential election in the far eastern city of Vladivostok.

And much to the horror of neighbouring Ukraine, the election went ahead in the Crimea, nearly four years to the day after it was annexed by Russian Federation. His United Russia party helped parliament move the date of the vote to the fourth anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea from the Ukraine.

Security forces are surrounding Russian facilities in Ukraine amid anger over the Ukrainian government's refusal to allow ordinary Russians to vote for president. Putin had faced a serious opposition movement then but has since boosted his popularity with Russia's actions in Ukraine and Syria. Putin urged voters to "use your power to choose the future of our great country" during a televised address before the election.


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