Looks like Vladimir Putin will lead Russia for another six years, due to an expected victory in the presidential election.

Photo Credit:Vladimir Putin/dailymail

A Russian state exit poll gave him 73.9% of the vote, easily defeating his closest competitor.

The main opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, was barred from the race.

The scale of victory – which had been widely predicted – was a marked increase in his share of the vote from 2012, when he won 64% of votes.

A state exit poll put the turnout at 63.7%, down on 2012. Mr Putin’s campaign had hoped for a large turnout, to give him the strongest possible mandate.

It comes as an exit poll showed Putin had won the election with 73.9 per cent of the vote.

The voting projection, by pollster VTsIOM, put Communist party challenger Pavel Grudinin in second place with 11.2 per cent.

Source:bbcnews.com

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