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Vladimir Putin Wins 64% of Votes in Russia Elections

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March 5 (Bloomberg) -- Vladimir Putin won 64.06 percent of the votes in Russia’s presidential elections, with 97.63 percent of votes counted, state-run television Rossiya 24 reported, citing preliminary data from the Central Electoral Commission.

Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov is second with 17.15 percent, while billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov comes third with 7.61 percent, state television said. The official results will be announced at 10 a.m. in Moscow.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ilya Khrennikov in Moscow at ikhrennikov@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: John Viljoen at jviljoen@bloomberg.net