According to the Russian Central Election Commission, the three-day presidential election in the Russian Federation ended with the polls closing at 21:00 Moscow time in the westernmost Kaliningrad region of the country.

The elections, which were held in more than 80 regions across the country, were held both at the polls and remotely electronically.

Remote voting took place in 29 regions, including Moscow.

The elections, in which the turnout rate was over 74 percent, were won by the current President Vladimir Putin, who received 87.8 percent of the votes according to the exit polls.

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In Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, and in Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia regions, which Russia annexed in 2022, polls were also held for the election of the head of state.

In the election, where 4 candidates competed for the presidency, current President Vladimir Putin was an independent candidate with the support of the United Russia Party.

Leonid Slutskiy, President of the Liberal Democratic Party, was on the ballot as a candidate for his own party, Nikolay Haritonov for the Communist Party and Vladislav Davankov for the New People's Party.

According to preliminary data, Putin, who emerged victorious from the ballot, will be sworn in after the official results are announced and will serve as the Russian President for the 5th time. 

Putin has ruled the country for 24 years

Putin, 71, who has ruled the country for 24 years, will remain in power in the Kremlin until at least 2030 if he wins this election, which is longer than any Russian leader since Catherine the Great in the 18th century.

Editor: David Goodman