The result came, of course, as no surprise.
Russian President Vladimir Putin overwhelmed his opponents in his country’s elections, taking in just more than three-quarters of the vote to extend his power through 2024. His closest challenger, Communist millionaire Pavel Grudinin, came in a distant second with 11 percent of cast ballots. A ultra-nationalist came in third. Pro-Western candidates barely cleared the 1 percent mark.
Tamara Kruglova, a pensioner who voted in central Moscow, argued support for the Russian leader was simply the natural order of things.