Russia election: Food and 'polar bears' in polling stations

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Image caption, Mr Putin gave a victory speech at a rally in Moscow to mark the fourth anniversary of the annexation of Crimea
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Image caption, Supporters gathered in numbers in the capital's Manezhnaya Square to hear him speak
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Image caption, Russians voted in an election that was always expected to return Vladimir Putin returned as president. This polling station is in Moscow's Kazansky railway station.
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Image caption, More than 100 million Russians were eligible to cast their ballots. These voters are members of the "Polar Bear" swimming club in Barnaul, south-west Russia.
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Image caption, Turnout was not as high as Mr Putin's campaign had hoped - and independent observers say there were reports of voting irregularities.
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Image caption, There were even enticements to turn out. These voters were offered food at a polling station in Kazan. Other polling centres reportedly held events with prizes such as smartphones and bicycles.
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Image caption, And for those voters who couldn't get to a polling station the ballot box was taken to them - like here in Smolensk.
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Image caption, There were seven other candidates vying with Mr Putin for the presidency, though none were ever expected to beat him. Ksenia Sobchak, a former reality TV host, was the only woman in the field.
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Image caption, The main opposition leader Alexei Navalny, here about to take part in a live broadcast, was barred from standing because of a fraud conviction he says is politically motivated.
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Image caption, Mr Putin, speaking as he went to vote in Moscow, said he would view as a success any result that gave him the "right to perform the duties of president".

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