Six More Years: Putin Crushes Opponents in Landslide Election Victory
With almost all districts reporting in and counted, Putin garnered about 76.7 percent of the total vote, the highest proportion in any presidential election since the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
Putin’s most popular challenger was the millionaire Pavel Grudinin, who won 11.8 percent of the vote while representing the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Russia’s official successor to the Soviet Communist Party.
In third place was the ultranationalist leader of the LDPR (formerly known as the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia), Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who got 5.7 percent of the vote. Zhirinovsky’s party has previously run election ads demanding the return of the Soviet Union’s previous territories to Russian control.