Russia: The Putin Machine Rolls at the Polls

MIN READMar 18, 2018 | 21:06 GMT


While Russian President Vladimir Putin -- to little surprise -- easily won a fourth term on March 18, the real contest was about voter turnout. Early results show Putin collecting more than 70 percent of the vote. Though his victory was all but a foregone conclusion, this re-election was actually a mandate on how secure his hold is on power. And voters have apparently given the longtime Russian leader their approval to stay in office till 2024. But this landslide win raises two large questions: What was the true voter turnout? And what's next for Russia?...

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