Russia presidential elections 2018: CTV report

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Russia presidential elections 2018: CTV report

According to the Central Election Commission of Russia, more than 55 million citizens voted for Vladimir Putin. Turnout in the presidential election was quite high - more than 67% of voters came to polling stations. The official results of the campaign will be summed up within 10 days.

CTV political observer Igor Poznyak is now in Moscow and is ready to tell us all the latest information.

Igor Pozniak, CTV:
The victory is obvious, and the second round is excluded. It was clear a few days before the finish line. Sociologists predicted support to the incumbent president of Russia from at least two-thirds of the voters. In fact, it turned out more than 76% - this is data after most protocols were processed.

For Putin this is the best result for the entire period of participation in the elections (for him they are already the fourth). The approximate result on Sunday became clear already about midnight. The incumbent President came to Manezhnaya Square to congratulate his voters.

Putin is not the most convenient politician in the world, but predictable. At the first press conference after the elections, he set the country's further priorities.

Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation: 
All my big, expanded team and I, your humble servant, will work just as hard, but with greater result than before. We have every chance to achieve concrete great results.

Three-time President Putin that night left all the participants in this race far behind. The nearest opponent Grudinin scored less than 12%, the worst result for the Communist Party for the entire period of its participation in elections. Vladimir Zhirinovsky got less than 7% in his seventh elections.

The only woman Ksenia Sobchak got just over 1.5%. The four outsiders share the remaining 3%.

Ella Pamfilova, Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission of Russia: 
Voter turnout was 67.47%, or 73.36 million people.

Despite the not-quite-March weather, Russians voted actively. Those who are younger made selfies from polling stations. There were very creative persons: some came to polling stations dressed in a beetle and a toad. In Buryatia, one person came to vote disguised as a bear.

These elections have become the most technologically advanced in the history of Russia. For the first time, protocol data was placed on a public blockchain platform (this excludes any attempts to influence from outside). Video cameras were installed at polling stations - not only for internal monitoring, but also for television broadcasting. Anyone could watch the voting process live.

This is how one of the biggest violations became obvious: the illegal filling of a ballot box in Lyubertsy. Data from this site was canceled and the chairman of the commission was suspended.

In general, there were no incidents that could affect the overall result of the election. Public observers, including from Belarus, monitored these elections.

Ekaterina Muzychenko, observer at the election of the President of the Russian Federation as part of the mission of observers from the CIS: 
No interference was seen, these were fair, dignified and transparent elections. I want to note good technical equipment. We had the opportunity to see the observation in every region of the Russian Federation - in the Far East, Moscow, St. Petersburg, at any polling station. That also ensured transparency in holding the elections.

Vladimir Putin will begin the fourth presidential term in the worst foreign policy conditions for Russia. Relations between Moscow and London for the last pre-election week passed into the status of a diplomatic war. In this conflict, other European countries and the United States are the allies of the UK.

Igor Borisov, Chairman of the Council of the Russian Public Institute of Electoral Law: 
We are compelled to conduct our campaign against the background of these events. And today, the course taken by the Russian Federation, supported by the Republic of Belarus, to strengthen fundamental human rights, to conduct negotiations in all respects, in all senses, and not to resolve the issue through military intervention - this common course is supported by the population. And it's perfectly seen, which irritates the West.

Union relations between Belarus and Russia during Putin's presidency have experienced different times. There were trading, gas, and oil disputes. A week before the election, another conflict in the field of milk supplies could happen. The sides, however, managed to find a way out. But more often it was the heads of state who managed to agree and find a compromise in these matters.

Mikhail Gusman, journalist, first deputy general director of the TASS news agency: 
Between Presidents Putin and Lukashenko, we see high level of understanding and mutual trust. There is a term in English like personal chemistry. They always find solutions.

Recently, Alexander Lukashenko has visited Moscow, he came to this building and sat in a nearby office. We met at the Club of the chief editors of the Russian media, and Alexander Lukashenko made an exceptionally strong impression on us thanks to his frankness, his sincerity, his confidence in arguments.

Igor Poznyak:
In the near future, the newly elected president of Russia is expected to visit in Minsk. The Belarusian capital will host a meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Belarus-Russia Union State. This conversation is really long-awaited, because a lot of questions need to be resolved in the relations between the two countries.