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Putin wins elections by a wide margin

As widely expected, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin obtained a landslide victory in the first round of the presidential elections on 4 March. With a turn-out of 65.3%, Putin won 63.7% of the votes, more than 40 points ahead of runner-up Gennady Zyuganov, of the Communist Party, who obtained 17.2% of votes. The margin between Putin and Zyuganov was actually larger than expected by pre-electoral surveys and election day exit polls. By obtaining over 50% of the votes, Vladimir Putin was able to secure re-election in the first round. Putin's victory was marred by allegations of electoral fraud - as were the 4 December parliamentary elections - despite the government's decision to install web cameras in polling stations around the country, in order to quell concerns of irregularities in the voting process.

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