Russian Federation reportedly luring voters to the polls with free iPhones, cars

Randolph Lopez
March 19, 2018

Vladimir Putin earned a convincing victory in Sunday's presidential election in Russian Federation, winning 73.9 percent of the vote as he was re-elected to his fourth term, CNN reported.

The incumbent President was pictured casting his own ballot today, expected to receive ten times the support of his nearest challenger.

His fourth term as president will extend until 2024, making him the first Kremlin leader to serve two decades in power since Josef Stalin.

Sunday marked four years since Putin signed a treaty that declared Crimea part of Russian Federation following its annexation from Ukraine, a move that led to the outbreak of a pro-Kremlin insurgency in the east of the ex-Soviet country, in a conflict that claimed more than 10,000 lives.

Putin's re-election comes amid rising tension with the West, particularly with the United Kingdom, which last week accused Russian Federation of using a nerve agent to poison a former spy and his daughter living in England.

Putin opponents alleged employers with close ties to the state were ordering staff to go and vote, and send back evidence.

Sunday marks four years since Putin signed a treaty declaring Crimea to be part of Russian Federation in a move that triggered a pro-Kremlin insurgency in east Ukraine, a conflict that has claimed over 10,000 lives.

"He sorted our lives out, he's irreplaceable for the state", said Kiryukhin.

The early results are in line with exit-polls conducted by Russian polling agencies FOM, which predicted Putin would take 77 percent of the vote, and VCIOM, which predicted a final share of 73.9 percent for the current president.

One incident was recorded in the town of Lyubertsy just outside Moscow.

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A woman holds a flag that reads "I love Kamchatka, we are the first!" as she prepares to cast her ballots at a polling station in Yelizovo, about 30 kilometers ( 19 miles) north-east from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, capital of Kamchatka Peninsula region, Russian Far East, Russia, on Sunday, March. Navalny has requested to boycott the election since he was not allowed to compete, however, most of the Russians seem to be in favour of Vladimir Putin.

A day of voting across Russia's 11 time zones began at 2000 GMT on Saturday on Russia's eastern edge, in the Pacific coast city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

The majority of voters see no viable alternative to Putin: he has total dominance of the political scene and the state-run television, where most people get their news, gives lavish coverage of Putin and little airtime to his rivals.

Many Russians believe he has restored stability after the chaos that ensued after the Soviet Union collapsed.

Since first being elected as president in 2000, Putin has stamped his total authority on Russian Federation muzzling opposition and reasserting Moscow's lost might overseas.

"There is no intrigue".

"I don't know where to turn to complain", he said, insisting Putin was still Russia's best hope.

Putin said that if the substance used in the attack had really been a military nerve agent, then it would have killed anyone targeted on the spot.

Presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak walks out of a voting booth at a polling station during the presidential election in Moscow.

A low turnout would diminish Putin's authority in his next term, which, under the constitution, has to be his last.

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