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>> Official polls suggest Russia's Vladimir Putin swept up 75% of the vote in his election which is higher tan the last time he run.>>
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>> He is massively popular but may not be as much of a landslide as it would initially appear.
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Christian Lowe is Reuters Moscow bureau chief.>> This result could be less impressive. Our reporters spent polling day at polling stations around Russia. What they reported repeatedly was that people were turning up at polling stations taking selfies. And when we asked them why they were doing that, in a number of cases they said I've been told by my bosses that I need to report back to them that I voted.
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So it seems, and Putin's opponents allege this also, that in certain cases, employers, often state employers, have compelled people to vote. So seen through that lens, it looks like in some cases it's less a sort of spontaneous outpouring of support for Putin and more of a bureaucratic state-led exercise.
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>> This man claimed to be one of the directed voters.>> I didn't come here out of my own choice. We were brought here from work. Otherwise, I wouldn't have come here myself. I don't really support the president. I don't want him to rule for another six years.
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>> The Kremlin wanted a big turnout to put the seal of approval on Putin's mandate. And it's clear that his message has resonated with many.>> I think it's fair to say, judging from conversations we had with a lot of voters, they felt that the outside world is hostile to Russia, given a lot of the confrontations that are going on between Moscow and Western governments at the moment.
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And they felt that Putin was the man that they need to stand up to the outside world.>> On Monday, election observers, including the Vienna-based Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe called the election unfair. But for many Putin supporters, that just looks like proof that the West really is out to get them.
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