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What to Expect From Putin's Re-election

Cameron Munter
Board of Contributors
Mar 25, 2018 | 15:12 GMT
Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech at a rally March 18 to commemorate the fourth anniversary of his country's annexation of Crimea.

Supporters listen attentively to Russian President Vladimir Putin speak at a rally March 18 commemorating the fourth anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea.

(MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Vladimir Putin has won re-election as president of Russia, by a wide margin. According to news reports, he received over 70 percent of the votes cast, with an estimated 60 percent of voters taking part. Despite allegations of irregularities and criticisms that authorities kept legitimate opposition to the incumbent president off the ballot, Putin has achieved what he set out to achieve: a clear mandate for the next six years. But what is that mandate? And what are we to expect from Russia in the global arena?...

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