Vladimir Putin won in a crushing re-election victory Sunday for six more years as Russia’s president. He told cheering supporters in a brief speech that “we are bound for success.” There was little doubt that Putin would win in his fourth electoral contest as he only faced seven minor candidates. Putin had amassed 76 percent of the vote with ballots from 80 percent of Russia’s precincts counted by early Monday in Russia. Putin became President in Russia on New Year’s Eve 1999 after Boris Yeltsin’s surprise resignation.
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