Russian President Vladamir Putin will have the benefit of a 4th term of presidency after winning 76.7% of the votes at the election, CNN reports.
With 99.8% of the votes counted, Putin’s closest opponent, Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin, comes in at only 11.79% of votes.
Alexei Navalny, Putin’s fiercest opponent, was prohibited from running.
Putin, who became president in 2000, will have an additional 6 years to rule, and will be required by law to step down toward the end of his term in 2024.
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