Presidential elections expose gaps in Russian legislation
Russian Presidential Elections 2012
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, 59, is returning to the Kremlin for a third non-consecutive term in office. He trounced the rivals with 63.6 percent of the vote, according to final figures from Central Election Commission. Election and police officials have acknowledged violations, but insisted they were too small to have a significant impact on the vote’s outcome. The opposition is adamant that Putin's landslide victory was achieved with a wide array of violations and fraud. Now the controversial election is followed up by protest rallies clashing with riot police and Putin's supporters.