It was a chilly day on Sunday, Mar. 26, when Russian voters headed to the polls for presidential elections. Nevertheless, the turnout was strong: Some 68% of the electorate took part in the ballot. By the wee hours of the next morning, the results were clear. Acting President Vladimir V. Putin had defeated 10 candidates, including his chief rival, Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov. Putin won with 53% of the vote, compared with Zyuganov's 29%.
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