Putin scores a sweeping win in Russian presidential polls

Mar 19, 2018, 5:50 AM EDT
Russian President Vladimir Putin bagged 76 percent votes.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin scored a landslide victory in Sunday’s presidential election, clinching nearly 76 percent votes in a heavily lopsided contest that was always destined to go one way.

The result, which comes amid deepening hostilities between Moscow and the West spurred by a nerve agent attack on an ex-spy, mark an increase in Putin’s vote share hovered around 64 percent in 2012 elections, notes the BBC.

While congratulatory messages for Putin poured in from several countries, including China, the Western leaders refrained from responding to the sweeping win.

Putin’s campaign chairman took a dig at the U.K. thanking the European nation for the high turnout, which he claimed, was prompted by London’s accusations over the Salisbury attack, writes The Guardian.