GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Vladimir Putin Sunday 4 March won a third term in office as president of Russia, winning with a 61 percent landslide, with 58 percent of voters turning up at the polls, according to the Moscow Times. Chechnya, it notes, had a 94 percent turnout.
Putin, who has been serving as prime minister since his second term in office ended in 2008, had President Dmitry Medvedev by his side as he announced the victory, calling it a fair win. Opponents have been vocal in their claims of fraud. Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov was running second in early official results reports, with 17.7 percent of the vote, reports RiaNovosti news agency.