EXIT POLLS: Vladimir Putin Wins Russian Election, Crushes Competition

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Exit polls are confirming that Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has won the Russian election, Russia Today reports.Putin is reported to have received 58.3 per cent of the vote, trouncing his closest rival Gennady Zyuganov, who got only 17.7 per cent.

Official results will be published monday but it looks like there will be no need for a second round of voting.

Putin will replace current Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev in the role he himself already held from 2000 to 2008.

Putin was widely expected to win the election, but had faced unprecedented protests since a disputed parliamentary election in December.

Despite major attempts to monitor the voting this time (including web cams monitoring the booths), officials are saying that discrepancies have been low and could not influence the vote. Ria Novosti reports.

There are plans for another huge protest tomorrow, and Putin seems to be prepared. This picture reportedly shows trucks and troops in Moscow preparing for the worst.

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