Protests on final day of Russian elections as Putin comes out on top

by ian

Russian President Vladimir Putin secured another six-year term after winning 88% of the nation’s vote yesterday.

But it wasn’t without its protests. Earlier voting days saw protestors set fire to ballot boxes or flood them with ink.

Yesterday, long lines formed around noon local time at Russian precincts and embassies around the world, as the late Alexei Navalny called for a “Noon Against Putin” protest. But the Kremlin is blaming Ukraine, saying they promised to pay people for the stunts.

Putin is now the second-longest serving Russian leader following Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.

A White House spokesperson said yesterday the election was “obviously not free nor fair.” Other Western leaders denounced it as a pseudo-election, but a Kremlin spokesman called those allegations absurd.