Washington hates him because he condemns US imperialism.
by Stephen Lendman
Pre-election polls predicted around a 60% majority. Final results show Putin won 63.6% of the vote. He got a clear third term mandate. In 2004, he won 71%.
Five candidates contended:
United Russia's Vladimir Putin
The Communist Party's Gennady Zyuganov
The Liberal Democratic Party's Vladimir Zhirinovsky
Just Russia's Sergey Mironov
Independent candidate Mikhail Prokhorov (billionaire/Russia's third richest man)
With nearly all votes counted, official results were as follows: