Putin Tears Up After Election Win

    With tears in his eyes Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (L) addresses his supporters during a rally at the Manezhnaya  Square just outside the Kremlin in Moscow, late on March 4, 2012, with outgoing President Dmitry Medvedev (R) atttending. With tears in his eyes and his voice hoarse with emotion, Putin declared today victory in Russia elections, as he addressed tens of thousands of supporters outside the Kremlin walls.  AFP PHOTO / NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA (Photo credit should read NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Vladimir Putin gave his victory speech with tears in his eyes after winning Russia’s presidential election. Putin claimed a win when less than a quarter of the votes had been counted. Exit polls suggested he would take about 59 percent, though independent watchdogs reported widespread vote rigging. In his speech, Putin said that the victory showed that “our people can easily distinguish a desire for renewal and revival from political provocations aimed at destroying Russia’s statehood and usurping power.” Though the speech was delivered to a crowd of thousands, many of them had been ordered to attend and an opposition demonstration is expected to be held in Moscow on Monday evening.

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