Putin celebrates fraudulent victory

March 5, 2012 04:56

Opposition groups have also alleged widespread fraud, and plan a protest rally in Moscow later on Monday. – BBC News


From BBC News


With more than 99% of the ballots counted, he secured nearly 64% of the vote, election officials say.

Mr Putin told supporters in Moscow he had won in an open and honest battle.

But Golos, a leading independent election watchdog, said the polls could not be considered fair and open.

It said there were instances of forced voting, numerous reports of “carousel” voting – in which voters cast multiple ballots – and that campaigning had been insufficiently competitive.


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