Vladimir Putin has won another six-year term as President of Russia. He received over 75 % of the vote in Sunday’s presidential election. Although the victory was expected Putin received more votes than he did in the 2012 election.
Putin’s strongest opponent, Alexei Navalny was not allowed to take part because of a criminal case against him. He called for a boycott of the election. Putin’s closest rival, millionaire Pavel Grudinin received only 12% of the vote.
Over 60% of Russians went to the polls. In order to get as many Russians as possible to vote, food and other free services were offered near polling stations. Young voters in Moscow were given free concert tickets if they voted.
Independent election monitors, however, registered some irregularities in the election. They received evidence of stuffing ballot boxes with extra ballots and authorities forcing citizens to vote.
It was also the first time Crimean citizens were allowed to vote after the peninsula had been annexed by Russia in 2014.
Vladimir Putin has been either president or Prime Minister of Russia since 1999. He has become Russia’s longest-serving leader since Joseph Stalin . The law requires him to step down after his term ends in 2024.
Putin’s election victory came at a time of increased tensions with the West. A week before the elections, the United States imposed sanctions on Russia because of its interference in the 2016 US presidential election. The British government accused Moscow of poisoning a Russian double agent on the streets of London.
- accuse = to say that someone has committed a crime
- although = while
- annex = to take control of an area by sending an army and soldiers into it
- authorities = here: people who organise an election
- ballot = piece of paper on which you make a cross for your favourite candidate
- boycott = not take part
- citizen = a person who lives in a country and has rights there
- criminal case = an event in which someone might have broken the law and now comes before court
- double agent = a spy who works for two countries at the same time
- election = when people choose someone for an official position
- evidence = facts that show something is true
- expected = it was not a surprise
- force = to make someone do something
- government = the people who rule a country
- however = but
- impose = to force something on someone
- increased = getting higher or more
- independent = here: not belong to a political party
- interference = to get involved or mixed up in something
- irregularity = here: something that is against the law and not correct
- law = rules that a country has
- monitor = a person who watches things closely
- opponent = someone who tries to win against you; a rival
- peninsula =piece of land that has water on three sides
- poison = to kill someone with a deadly chemical
- polling station = building that you go to in order to vote
- polls = the place where you can go to vote in an election
- Prime Minister = the leader of the government
- receive = get
- register = realise; notice something
- require = you have to do something
- rival = opponent ; the person who also wants to win
- sanction = form of punishment against a country
- service = things that are offered to you
- step down = here give up your job as President
- stuffing ballot boxes = here: putting more votes in boxes than you have people who vote
- tension = here: nervous feelings between two or more countries
- term = here: period of time during which you are president
- victory = win
- vote = the result of the election