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Russia election: Vladimir Putin celebrates victory

Vladimir Putin and his supporters are celebrating victory in Russian elections, that will give him a third presidential term after spending the last four years as the country's prime minister.

With more than 99% of the ballots counted, he secured nearly 64% of the vote, election officials say.

Mr Putin told supporters in Moscow he had won in an open and honest battle.

But opposition groups claim widespread fraud, and plan a protest rally in Moscow later on Monday.

The BBC's Richard Galpin reports.

  • 05 Mar 2012
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