Mr. Putin was re-elected President of Russia

Preliminary vote counting results show that Mr. Putin won this year’s election and will lead Russia for the 2024-2030 term.

The results of counting more than 84% of the votes show that Vladimir Putin, 71 years old, is receiving 87.18% of the votes, a record high rate in modern Russian history, Russia’s Central Election Committee on March 17 said. The next positions are Nikolay Kharitonov (4.23%), Vladislav Davankov (4%) and Leonid Slutsky (3.16%).

With this result, Mr. Putin will be elected for a 5th term and become Russia’s leader for the next 6 years. He was president of Russia for the terms 2000-2004, 2004-2008, 2012-2018, and 2018-2024 and held the position of prime minister from 2008-2012. Mr. Putin was elected in 2012 and 2018 with 63.6% and 76.69% of the votes, respectively.

“Congratulations to Vladimir Putin on his glorious victory in the Russian presidential election,” Vice Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev wrote on Telegram.

Speaking after the victory, President Putin thanked Russian voters for voting and supporting him. The Kremlin boss declared that Russia would never be threatened, adding that the election results would help Russian society to strengthen and strengthen.

“First, we need to solve the tasks of the special military campaign, strengthen defense capabilities, and strengthen the armed forces. This process is going on with good progress and excellent quality.” Mr. Putin said.

Mr. Putin said he would implement all plans to develop Russia and achieve the goals mentioned in the Federal Message at the end of February. The Russian President is in no hurry to form a new government because the current term still has about 1 year left—more than two months to go.

Regarding foreign affairs, Mr. Putin predicted that relations between Russia and China would be stronger in the coming years. Russia is ready to discuss France’s proposal for a ceasefire in Ukraine during the Olympics. The Russian President also warned of the risk of a full-scale conflict if NATO sends soldiers to Ukraine.

Russian voters vote in Novosibirsk, Siberia on March 15. Photo: AFP

Russian voters vote in Novosibirsk, Siberia, on March 15. Photo: AFP

The Russian presidential election took place on March 15-17, with more than 94,000 polling stations across the country, including the four regions Russia just annexed in October 2022. In many regions, Mr. Putin received more than 90% support.

This is the first time Russia has held a presidential election in three days instead of one day as before. According to Russia’s Central Election Commission, this year’s voter turnout rate was 74.22%, exceeding the record 67.54% in 2018.

Mr. Putin highly values this year’s election because this is an opportunity for him to amplify his tough message to the West while also demonstrating his solid position in Russian politics, according to observers.