Vladimir Putin ensured his expected victory in the Russian presidential election to get elected for the fourth term in office.
He has been leading Russia since 2000 either as a prime minister or president. This victory will let him rule Russia till 2024.
In that case, he will become the first leader since Joseph Stalin, to lead the country for two consecutive decades.
Joseph Stalin often portrayed as a ‘ruthless autocrat’, governed the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953.
Vladimir Putin’s victory was, however, never in question but the Kremlin was in tension over voters’ turnout.
Voter turnout has been seen as Kremlin’s legitimacy given the election has largely been an uncompetitive one.
Kremlin initially sought around 70% turnout to match the voter turnout of 2012 presidential election.
Voter turnout in 2018 presidential election, however, was around 60%.
President Putin won more than 75% of the total votes and ensured the expected victory to lead the country for six more years.
President Vladimir Putin addressed his supporters in Manezhnaya Square after cruising to a landslide victory.
Mr. Putin said: “Thank you for your support. Everyone who voted today is part of our big, national team.”
Mr. Putin being asked if he would consider future runs for President said: “What you’re saying is just silly. What, am I going to sit here for 100 years?”
About the attack on Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, Putin said if Russia really used the substance as a military nerve agent, the victim would have been killed on the spot.
He said Britain’s allegations against Russia in spy row are ‘nonsense’.
President Putin’s campaign chairman Andrei Kondrashov has expressed his satisfaction over voter turnout.
Mr. Konsrashov said, “Right now the turnout numbers are higher than we expected. We need to thank Great Britain for that because once again they did not consider the Russian mentality. Once again we were subject to pressure at just the moment when we needed to mobilize.”