Five graphics that show Putin's dominance in the Russian election

Two men cast their ballots at a polling station in Yelizovo Russia

Two men cast their ballots at a polling station in Yelizovo Russia

Russian president Vladimir Putin will stay in power for at least six more years after he was re-elected president.

During the telephonic conversation, Modi told the Russian leader that he looked forward to welcoming him in India for the India-Russia Annual Summit later this year. But Putin's supporters said Western pressure on Putin including Britain's accusations in a spy row and the Olympic doping ban prompted Russians to close ranks behind their leader.

Following Putin's landslide victory on Sunday, global election monitors had called the election "overly controlled" and said it "lacked genuine competition".

Putin, who has ruled Russian Federation for nearly two decades, recorded his best-ever election performance with 76.66 percent of the vote but appeared to reject the possibility of staying in power indefinitely. The CEC said earlier on Monday it had not registered any serious complaints of violations.

Putin secured 74 percent of presidential votes polled according to a state-run exit poll.

"We're not surprised by the outcome", Gidley said of the Russian election. However, when the interviewer pointed out that the combined support of all liberal candidates is still below five percent, Sobchak again said that the main objective was in educating the masses, in particular about the alleged connection between the "patriotic initiatives" of the current Russian government and living standards, which she described as declining.

Opposition leader Navalny is expected to call for anti-Putin protests demanding a re-run of an election he says was neither free nor fair.

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In the runup to the vote, a new crisis broke out with the West as Britain implicated Putin in the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal with a Soviet-designed nerve agent. His nearest challenger, Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin, got around 13%, according to partial results, while nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky got around 6%.

The result was a vindication of his tough stance towards the West, Putin loyalists said.

In his next six years in office, Putin is likely to assert Russia's power overseas even more strongly.

Putin, 65, has been in power, either as president or prime minister, since 2000.

The longer-term question is whether Putin will soften his anti-Western rhetoric now the election is won.

"There is no feeling that another six years will become Putin's last in power", liberal newspaper Vedomosti said in an editorial.

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