Vladimir Putin wins presidential elections

Opposition activists as well as the non-governmental election monitoring group Golos were reporting voting irregularities on Sunday afternoon.

The CEC has significantly simplified the voting procedure at the place of one's factual residence.

The Central Election Commission also claimed it had been the target of a hacking attempt from 15 unidentified nations that was deterred by authorities.

Some 145,000 observers were monitoring the voting in the world's largest country, including 1,500 foreigners and representatives from opposition leader Alexei Navalny's political movement. Competitions and sales were organized. I feel like my vote has been taken away from me.

Peskov was responding to a question about whether the exacerbation of tensions with the West had boosted Putin's performance in Russia's presidential elections Sunday.

This story has been corrected to show that Yekaterinburg's mayor spoke on his video blog, not to The Associated Press. Media also attributed Putin's convincing victory to the mass campaign by election officials to rally voters.

After his victory, Putin dismissed claims Russian Federation was behind the poisoning in Britain as "drivel, rubbish, nonsense" but said Moscow was ready to cooperate with London in the probe.

Western sanctions on Russia imposed over Crimea and Moscow's backing of a pro-Russian separatist uprising in eastern Ukraine remain in place and have damaged the Russian economy, which only rebounded a year ago after a prolonged downturn.

Russian president Vladimir Putin has won a fourth term in office with almost 77% of the vote - his highest ever score - giving him a mandate to pursue his nationalist policies for another six years.

Xi has drawn comparison with Putin as the Chinese leader has consolidated power and gained a path to indefinite rule after the rubber-stamp National People's Congress lifted presidential term limits last week. "You know that this plan has been covered in the list of the president's instructions, on the basis of which a roadmap will be prepared in one form or another", Peskov told reporters. "We will think about the future of our great Motherland". Let's do the math. "Oh well, I'll try again next year", he tweeted. His nearest challenger, the Communist Party's Pavel Grudinin, won 11.2%, the poll said. "But this will not lead to any decline in the country's defence capacity", he said during a meeting with other candidates. In 2004, the party's candidate Nikolai Kharitonov got 13.69 percent, and in 2000, Zyuganov got 29.21 percent.

Currently, the China-Russia comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership is at the best level in history, which sets an example for building a new type of global relations featuring mutual respect, fairness and justice, cooperation and all-win results, and a community with a shared future for mankind, Xi was quoted as saying. The doctor, who gave her name only as Yekaterina because of fears 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. That 3.5 percent represents several million people. Some see Sobchak, daughter of Putin's one-time patron, as a Kremlin stooge to add a democratic veneer to the vote and help split the ranks of Kremlin critics.

The statement said only diplomats would have access to Russian diplomatic institutions on Ukrainian territory during the vote "in order to avoid provocations and possible grave consequences".

Specifically, he pointed to the need to remove the imbalance between the incomes of poor and wealthy citizens and reduce the number of people living below the poverty line.

The UN General Assembly has proclaimed Russian's 2014 annexation of Ukraine illegal, and the U.S., EU, and Turkey among other countries do not recognize Crimea as Russian territory.

"I think that in the United States and Britain they've understood they can not influence our elections", Igor Morozov, a member of the upper house of parliament, said on state television.

  • Leroy Wright