Russians Vote on New Putin Term as Tensions Flare With West
Russians headed to the polls in presidential elections expected to hand Vladimir Putin an easy victory, keeping him in power until 2024.
Putin, 65, already Russia’s longest-serving leader since Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin after more than 18 years at the helm, is seeking a fourth term amid an escalating stand-off with the West and economic malaise.
“I am confident that the program I am offering for the country is right,” Putin told reporters Sunday after voting at a polling station at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow.
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