Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin won six more years in the Kremlin, exit polls and preliminary results showed, amid allegations of fraud similar to those that sparked protests after a December parliamentary vote.
Putin, 59, who’s been in power for 12 years including the last four years as premier, got 58.3 percent of the vote, the All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion, or VTsIOM, said, citing an exit poll of 159,161 people. Putin got 59.3 percent, according to an exit poll by the Public Opinion Foundation, or FOM. He scored 61.81 percent, with 15.1 percent of votes counted, the Central Electoral Commission said. Official results are due tomorrow.