Putin re-elected: ‘Russia cannot be held back’

Henry

Vladimir Putin (71) was elected for a fifth term as Russian president.

He said in his victory speech that Russia would not be “intimidated”. “I want to thank all of you for your support and this trust,” Putin said at a news conference at his campaign headquarters in Moscow early Monday morning, hours after polls closed.

Putin is now on course to become the longest-serving Russian leader in more than 200 years.

“No matter who or how much they want to intimidate us, no matter who or how much they want to oppress us – no one has ever succeeded with something like this in history. It didn’t work now and won’t work in the future. Never.”

With 99% of polling stations submitting results, Putin united with 87.33% of all votes cast, official election data showed, according to state news agency RIA.

Putin singled out Russian troops fighting in Ukraine in his speech, arguing that the country’s forces have a huge advantage on the battlefield.

President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine has labeled Putin a “dictator” who is “drunk on power”.