Putin hailed those who voted for him as a “big national team,” adding that “we are bound for success.” (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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Vladimir Putin headed to an overwhelming win in Russia's presidential election Sunday, adding six years in the Kremlin for the man who has led the world's largest country for all of the 21st century. The vote was tainted by widespread reports of ballot-box stuffing and forced voting, but the complaints will likely do little to undermine Putin. With ballots counted from 60 percent of the vast country's precincts, Putin won more than 75 percent of the vote, the Central Elections Commission said.Putin had faced seven minor candidates on the ballot.The election took place on the fourth anniversary of Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, one of the most dramatic manifestations of Putin's drive to reassert Russia's power.Yevgeny, a 43-year-old mechanic voting in central Moscow, said he briefly wondered whether it was worth voting.
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