As it happened: Russia votes in presidential election

Key points

  • Vladimir Putin has been elected president of Russia for a third term, according to preliminary official results and exit polls.
  • Mr Putin says he has won an "open and honest fight" as thousands of unofficial allegations of fraud stream in.
  • Communist candidate Gennady Zyuganov says he cannot describe the election as honest.
  • Anti-fraud campaigner Alexei Navalny predicts "huge" opposition to Mr Putin and there are plans for protests on Monday.

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Reporting:

  • Patrick Jackson 
  • Robert Greenall 

Last updated 22 April 2012

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