In an emotional speech Vladimir Putin has declared victory in the Russian Presidential election, claiming that he has fulfilled his 2008 promise to the Russian People:-
‘I’ll be back‘
As protester took to the streets complaining about irregularities in the election protest international leaders have called for the result to be investigated.
Official Election Monitors have accepted that all candidates were able to campaign freely however they have criticised the choice of candidates available to the Russian people.
“The point of elections is that the outcome should be uncertain,” said Tonino Picula, co-ordinator of the OSCE mission.
“This was not the case in Russia. There was no real competition”
This has been seized on by the Kremlin “The Americans criticise our democracy for not having enough choice, yet look at what is happening in their election. The only thing likely to beat Obama is voter apathy!”