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Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin is to serve a third term as president after securing a decisive first-round victory, but Russia is undergoing a political awakening and is ready to demand more of him than before.

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With nearly 90% of the votes counted in Russia’s presidential election, current prime minister Vladimir Putin has received 64% of the total, but the victory is tainted by the opposition’s decision to dispute the election yesterday (4 March) as fraudulent and thus invalid. Mass protests both in support of Putin and against his election are due to take place later.

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