Vladimir Putin Wins Presidential Elections – Russian Presidential Election 2012 Results Update :
Breaking News of the moment comes from Russia where Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin today secured a record third term in the Kremlin after recording a landslide victory over his four rivals at presidential polls amid allegations of rigging and fraud.
The 2012 Russian Presidential Election were held on Sunday, March 5 and results were going to be declared starting from midnight.
“We won in an open and honest fight!” a jubilant Putin, flanked by outgoing President Dmitry Medvedev, told a crowd of tens of thousands of supporters at a rally in downtown Moscow. With 30 per cent of the votes counted at 19:00 GMT, Putin was leading by a landslide, with 63.4 per cent.
“We urge everyone to unite around the interests of Russia,” Putin was quoted as saying by the Russian news agency Ria Novosti. “I told you we would win and we won!” he said, his voice cracking with emotion and his eyes moist.
Russian observers and opposition leaders have alleged widespread violations in polls by supporters of Putin.
Earlier, voters turned out at 90,000 polling stations across Russia spread over 21 hours for the marathon electoral process, that is being monitored through election observers and over 100,000 webcams.
Vladimir Putin, the 59-year-old ex-KGB spy will now become president for a third time after swapping role as prime minister with his close aide Dmitry Medvedev.
Putin was Russia’s president from 2000 to 2008, but was barred by the constitution from standing for a third consecutive term. He faces four challengers, three of whom he has defeated in previous elections.