Absolute majority: Putin gets 76.67% of the votes in presidential election
According to preliminary data, voter turnout is 67.4%.
The current Russian President, Vladimir Putin, leads the 2018 presidential election gaining 76.67% of the votes after processing 99.75% of the final protocols of precinct election commissions. Сandidate from the Communist Party Pavel Grudinin is second with 11.8% of the votes, candidate from the LDPR Vladimir Zhirinovsky is ranked third with 5.67%, RIA Novosti reports. According to preliminary data, voter turnout is 67.4%.
The fourth place is taken by Grazhdanskaya Initsiativa (Civil Initiative) wannabe Ksenia Sobchak with 1.67% of the vote. She is followed by Grigory Yavlinsky (Yabloko) with 1.04%, Boris Titov (Partiya Rosta) with 0.76%, Maxim Suraykin (Communists of Russia) with 0.68%, Sergei Baburin (Rossiysky Obshenarodny Soyuz party) with 0.65% of the votes.
According to the CEC, Putin has established two historical records of presidential elections in Russia: by the percentage of the votes received and by their absolute number.
In some regions, all votes have been counted. Thus, Putin received the largest support in the Kabardino-Balkar Republic (the North Caucasus Federal District) - 93.38% of the votes. The second place in the region is given to candidate from the Communist Party Pavel Grudinin with 4.15% of the votes, the third is leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia Vladimir Zhirinovsky.
Chechnya got the second place by the number of votes for Putin - his support reached 91.44%. Candidate from the Communist Party Pavel Grudinin, who received 4.62%, is ranked the second. The third place is given to Sergei Baburin (Rossiysky Obshenarodny Soyuz party) - 1.18%, Interfax reports. The fourth place was taken by Yabloko founder Grigory Yavlinsky - he has 0.75% of the votes, then - Ksenia Sobchak (Civil Initiative) with 0.54%, followed by Boris Titov (Partiya Rosta), who received 0.51%. Maxim Suraikin (Communists of Russia) got the seventh place gaining 0.32% of the votes. Leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, Vladimir Zhirinovsky received the least votes in the region - he has 0.25% of the votes.
In Dagestan, 90.73% of voters cast their vote to Putin. In the Karachay-Cherkess Republic he received 87.64% of the votes. 83.17% have voted for Putin in Ingushetia.
Putin wins the presidential elections with a large margin in the Krasnodar region on the basis of processing 100% of the protocols of election commissions. He received 2 million 400 thousand 40 votes or 81.61%, Interfax cites the election commission. Candidate from the Communist Party Pavel Grudinin received 9.9% of vote, Vladimir Zhirinovsky (LDPR) - 4.58%, Ksenia Sobchak - 0.92% of vote, Boris Titov - 0.65%, Maxim Suraykin - 0.54%, Sergei Baburin - 0.5%, Grigory Yavlinsky (Yabloko) - 0.5%. Voter turnout in Kuban was 78.9%.
Vladimir Putin leads the preliminary results of voting in the presidential elections of the Russian Federation after processing 100% of the protocols in the regions of the Far East. Putin scored 64.38% in Yakutia, 65.26% in Primorye, 65.78% in the Khabarovsk Territory (the average for the country - 76.65%). In other regions, this result ranges from 65.75 to more than 72%. The Vladimir Putin's greatest result spotted in the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, where he gained 82.31% of the votes.
Pavel Grudinin, ranked the second received a relatively higher percentage of the votes in the regions of the Far East (while gaining an average of 11.82%): 27.25% in Yakutia, 21.39% in Primorye, 18.62% in Amur Region, 18.42% in the Khabarovsk Territory, 18.12% in the Jewish Autonomy.
In other regions of the Far Eastern Federal District (DFO) Grudinin's result varies between 14-17%, excluding the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, where this candidate scored 5.86% of the votes. According to regional experts, the results of Grudinin in the Far East, exceeding the average voting rates in the country, are explained by the peculiarities of the region: its economic development is just begun, and the population does not meet rapid changes in its life, TASS notes.
Earlier, shortly after the voting was over, a rally-concert Russia, Sevastopol, Crimea was staged at the Manezhnaya Square in the center of Moscow, at which Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a speech on his re-election until 2024.
Putin began his speech with greetings and thanks: "Thank you, dear friends. Thank you that you gathered here in the center of the capital, thank you for your support. I want to address both those who are here today and our supporters from all over our country: thank you very much for the result!"
At a press conference in his election headquarters, Putin said that he did not have plans to reform the country's Constitution. He would report on personnel decisions after the inauguration. Asked by a journalist about whether he would consider future runs for president, he responded: “What you’re saying is just silly… what, am I going to sit here for 100 years?”
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