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  • Russian President Vladamir Putin speaks during a meeting with supporters at his campaign headquarters in Moscow

"Conveying his compliments on Putin's success, the Prime Minister expressed the hope that under Putin's leadership, the "Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership" between India and the Russian Federation will continue to grow from strength to strength", the ministry said in a release. "They once again started piling pressure on us when we needed to mobilise".

Most of the voters AFP spoke to said they had backed Putin despite Russia's problems of poverty and poor healthcare, praising his foreign policies.

When the journalist brought up her Sunday row with Aleksey Navalny, who strongly rejected Sobchak's offer of alliance and accused her of everything from hypocrisy to actually accepting a "tremendous sum of money" from the Kremlin for running in the election, Sobchak answered that she was disappointed with the discussion and considered all charges against her "ridiculous".

474,500 observers and 10,500 reporters from the media were presented at voting sites on election day, the chairman of the Russian Central Election Commission said.

Golos, an election-monitoring organization, said it registered more than 1,500 violations in regions across Russian Federation.

Putin, 65, won a record fourth term to extend his 18-year-rule until 2024 with nearly 77 percent of the vote, the highest ever score in a Russian presidential election, according to near-final results.

Former U.S. intelligence contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden, who was given asylum in Russian Federation, also weighed in.

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The victory, according to Sahakyan, once again confirms Putin's "well-deserved authority among the Russian society and has become a proof of the nationwide support" for his efforts to secure "continuous socioeconomic development and prosperity of Russia, protection of its interests in the global arena".

In his next six years in office, Putin is likely to assert Russia's power overseas even more strongly.

Mr. Navalny, who had called on voters to boycott the election, urged his supporters not to lose heart and said his campaign had succeeded in lowering the turnout, accusing authorities of being forced to falsify the numbers.

Chinese President Xi Jinping was among the first to offer his congratulations to Mr. Putin, but Heiko Maas, Germany's new Foreign Minister, questioned whether there had been fair political competition.

Western leaders were slow to publicly congratulate Putin.

"There is no feeling that another six years will become Putin's last in power", liberal newspaper Vedomosti said in an editorial.

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