Putin Wins Russia’s Presidency

Ivan Sekretarev / AP Photo

Russian Prime Minister and presidential candidate Vladimir Putin, center, smiles after casting his ballot at a polling station in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, March 4, 2012.

It’ll be another six years of Vladimir Putin for Russia. The current prime minister has won the presidency again, according to exit polls that show him grabbing 59 percent of today’s votes. Putin was previously president from 2000 to 2008. His nearest competitor, Gennady Zyuganov, was way behind at 20 percent. Russia’s opposition groups aren’t taking the defeat easily, alleging widespread electoral fraud and promising to stage more of the anti-Putin protests that have roiled the Kremlin for months.