Путин пак президент без балотаж: “Никой и нищо не може да ни заповядва!”

4 март 2012 г. Сегашните президент на Русия Дмитрий Медведев и премиер Владимир Путин на митинга на Манежной площад в Москва. ФОТО: ПРЕСС-СЛУЖБА ПРЕЗИДНЕСТВО РУСИЯ.

ВИЖТЕ ВИДЕО  /1999-2012 и днес/

Сегашният премиер на Русия Владимир Путин печели 63,42% от гласовете на избирателите на президентските избори с мандат от 6 години

Втори е лидерът на Комунистическата партия на руската федерация Генадий Зюганов със 17,26%

Средната избирателна активност към 18 часа м. вр. е била 56,3% – по-висок показател, отколкото на изборите за Държавна дума през декември миналата година /50,4%/и по-малка от президентските избори през 2008 г. /69,81%/

With a victory in Sunday’s presidential election, Vladimir Putin has a chance to become the longest-serving Russian ruler since Joseph Stalin. Putin effectively ruled the country as prime minister for the past four years and now could serve two additional six-year terms as president. PHOTO: http://www.washingtonpost.com

Според представители на групата независими международни наблюдатели изборите изцяло отговарят на международните стандарти: “Можем да заявим, че страните от цял свят могат и трябва да вземат пример от Русия”

Над 110 000 привърженици на Путин се събраха пред Кремъл, за да изразят подкрепата си към новия президент, избран още на първия тур

Путин със сълзи на очи: “Показахме, че никой не може да ни заповядва. Никой и нищо! Руският народ днес показа, че такива варианти и сценарии на нашата земя няма да минат. Няма да минат!”

4 март 2012 г. Сегашният премиер на Русия Владимир Путин печели 63,42% от гласовете на избирателите на президентските избори при обработени 30% от протоколите. Според тези резултати балотаж няма да има. Победата още от първия тур бе предизвестена от „Ройтерс”, позовали се на два екзит пола. Путин печели 6-годишен мандат, което ще се въведе като практика за първи път, след като досегашният президентски мандат е бил за срок от 4 години. Никой руски президент не може да има повече от два мандата. Историята показва, че само Леонид Брежнев (18) и Йосиф Сталин (31) са били повече време, и то непрекъснато.

Пред хилядно множество, събрало се на Манежния площад в Москва, Путин благодари през сълзи на „всички, казали да на велика Русия”, съобщи БТА, като цитира ИТАР-ТАСС.

На второ място е лидерът на Комунистическата партия на руската федерация Генадий Зюганов със 17,26%. Предприемачът Михаил Прохоров с малко изпреварва лидера на Либерално-демократическата партия Владимир Жириновски – 7,29% срещу 7,19%. Пети е лидерът на „Справедлива Русия” Сергей Миронов с 3,71% от гласовете.

Избирателните секции в най-западния регион на страната Калининградска област бяха затворени в 21 часа московско време. Средната избирателна активност към 18 часа московско време, по данни на ЦИК, е била 56,3 процента. Това е по-висок показател, отколкото на изборите за Държавна дума през декември миналата година, когато в същия час като цяло в Русия са гласували 50,4 процента от избирателите, отбелязва ИТАР-ТАСС. На президентските избори през 2008 г. пред урните са се явили 69,81 процента от имащите право на глас руснаци.

Лидерът на Комунистическата партия на руската федерация Генадий Зюганов не признава резултатите от изборите за президент и ги определи като незаконни, нечестни и непрозрачни. “Това са избори на крадци, абсолютно нечестни”, посочи Зюганов в изявление, излъчено по телевизията. “Като кандидат не мога да ги призная за честни или достойни”, посочи комунистическият лидер. Владимир Рижков, бивш депутат и един от организаторите на демонстрациите на опозицията през последните дни, заяви, че “по нито един параметър тези избори не могат да се окачествят като законни”, допълва АФП.

Според представители на групата независими международни наблюдатели обаче изборите изцяло отговарят на международните стандарти. Това обявиха те на брифинг в Международния информационен център, предаде ИТАР-ТАСС. „Никой от нас не може да се усъмни в честността на изборите”, казаха наблюдателите. “Можем да заявим, че страните от цял свят могат и трябва да вземат пример от Русия”, подчертаха представителите на чуждестранния мониторинг, цитирани от ИТАР-ТАСС, допълвайки, че не са забелязали никакви сериозни нарушения. Путин бе наредил и бяха монтирани 91000 уеб-камери на местата за избори за постоянно предаване през последните 48 часа на изборите.

Ръководителят на предизборния щаб на Путин – Станислав Говорухин заяви пред журналисти, че на 5 март няма да започне “Руската пролет”, пише БТА. “Мисля, че това не е реално”, каза Говорухин, цитиран от ИТАР-ТАСС, отговаряйки на въпрос на журналист доколко е реално веднага след изборите в Русия да има нещо подобно на “Арабската пролет”. Говорухин каза, че тези президентски избори са “най-чистите и най-прозрачните избори в Русия”.

Междувременно над 110 000 привърженици на Владимир Путин се събраха в центъра на Москва, близо до Кремъл, за да изразят подкрепата си към новия президент, избран още на първия тур. Много хора се включиха в демонстрацията на Манежния площад и по съседните улици и продължаваха да идват и идват хора, уточни кореспондентът на АФП в Москва, отбелязвайки обаче, че не е имало изблик на радост, когато е била обявена победата на Путин на гигантските екрани, монтирани на открито.

“Това бяха не само избори за президент на Русия, това бе един много важен тест за всички нас, за нашия народ. Това бе тест за политическата зрялост, самостоятелност и немасивисимост”, – заяви Путин пред събралите се на Манежния площад в Москва повече от 150 хиляди негови привърженици.

“Показахме, че никой не може да ни заповядва. Никой и нищо! Руснаците показаха, че правят разлика между желанието за промяна и обновление и политическите провокации, които си поставят една-единствена цел – да рушат държавността и да узурпират властта. Руският народ днес показа, че такива варианти и сценарии на нашата земя няма да минат. Няма да минат!”, – категоричен бе Владимир Путин.

Представяйки Путин на събралото се множество на Манежния площад, настоящият президент Дмитрий Медведев заяви:

„Днес е един много добър ден, благодаря, че сте тук, че сте с нас, благодаря, че подкрепихте нашия кандидат. Нашият кандидат уверено води. И не се съмнявам, че ще победим. И тази победа е много нужна на всички ни.”

ЦЯЛАТА КРАТКА РЕЧ НА ПУТИН В ОРИГИНАЛ: Выступление на митинге в поддержку кандидата в Президенты Владимира Путина

По време на предизборната кампания премиерът на Русия Владимир Путин потвърди, че ако гражданите на Русия гласуват за „Единна Русия” и за неговата кандидатура за президент, сегашният президент Дмитрий Медведев ще застане начело на руското правителство. Руският премиер заяви това по време на разговор с избиратели. Според него в Русия животът трябва да тръгне по нови релси, трябва да се избяга от зависимостта от нефта и газа, да се премине към иновационен модел на развитие”. От своя страна Дмитрий Медведев отново подчерта, че има намерение да продължи работата си по модернизирането на икономиката.

ВИДЕО: PUTIN, RUSSIA AND THE WEST/1999-2012/

10 comments for “Путин пак президент без балотаж: “Никой и нищо не може да ни заповядва!”

  1. 03/04/2012 at 17:05

    Vladimir Putin: ‘We have won. Glory to Russia’

    Putin claims resounding election win as opposition activists allege widespread fraud

    Miriam Elder in Moscow
    guardian.co.uk, Sunday 4 March 2012

    Vladimir Putin has claimed a resounding victory in Russia’s presidential election, provoking a furious response from opposition activists who alleged that the vote was marred by widespread fraud.

    At a rally in front of the Kremlin an emotional Putin, with tears running down his face and flanked by the outgoing president, Dmitry Medvedev, said: “I promised you we would win. We have won. Glory to Russia.”

    Putin congratulated his supporters for preventing unidentified outside forces from determining the country’s fate, angrily reiterating his charge that the unprecedented protests against his rule that have rocked the country since a contested parliamentary vote in December have been curated by the west.

    “We showed that no one can direct us in anything!” Putin said. “We were able to save ourselves from political provocations, which have one goal: to destroy Russian sovereignty and usurp power.”

    The central election commission gave Putin 63% with 22% of votes counted. The state-run VTsIOM polling agency said its exit polls predicted that Putin would take 58.3% of the vote.

    But as with the December vote, independent election monitors and opposition activists presented evidence of widespread falsifications, including ballot stuffing and “carousel voting” – packing vans with voters and bussing them to several polling sites to cast numerous votes.

    The Kremlin set up webcams in polling sites to combat fraud. One camera caught a man stuffing voting papers into a ballot box in Dagestan.

    Putin’s supporters rejected claims of voting irregularities. “This is the cleanest election in Russia’s entire history,” said his campaign chief, Stanislav Govorukhin. “The violations our rivals and the opponents of our president will now speak of are laughable.”

    Some in Moscow said their support for Putin was a vote for stability. “I voted for Putin because there are no other candidates,” said Elena, a 50-year-old teacher voting at a school in western Moscow.

    Many opposition activists had hoped to force Putin into a second round and questioned his landslide victory. “Putin has named himself the emperor of Russia for the next 12 years,” said the protest leader Alexey Navalny. “We announced earlier that we will not recognise these elections. The powers here are illegitimate – this is their only way to remain in power.”

    Thousands were due to take to the streets on Monday to express their discontent with the result. “Can [Putin] hold on to power for the full six years? I think not,” Navalny said. “My supporters and I will use various peaceful means to ensure that this person, who has no legitimate right to hold this post, will not hold it for six years.”

    Putin, who has already served as president from 1999 to 2008, will return to the presidency following an inauguration in early May. Constitutional changes instituted by Medvedev extended the presidential term from four to six years.

    Beyond the election day reports of fraud, Putin’s critics said the vote was illegitimate before it began. They accused him of unfairly using administrative resources, including state-run television, to advance his candidacy and to refuse to register candidates such as the liberal Yabloko leader, Grigory Yavlinsky.

    Putin’s official opponents lagged far behind. The Communist leader, Gennady Zyuganov, came in second with early results showing he took 17.37% of the vote. The billionaire latecomer Mikhail Prokhorov took nearly 8%, while the far-right nationalist firebrand Vladimir Zhirinovsky took nearly 7.5%. Sergei Mironov, who abstained from throwing his support behind Putin, unlike in previous elections, came in last with 3.67%.

    Several regions reported huge support for Putin. More than 76% of voters in the far-eastern region of Chukotka, formerly governed by Chelsea FC’s owner, Roman Abramovich, voted for Putin, the election commission said. The troubled Caucasus region, in accordance with what has already become tradition, also presented near unanimous support for Putin.

    In Moscow, the Kremlin was on high alert as thousands of police and interior ministry troops deployed in the centre.

    Tens of thousands of members of the pro-Kremlin youth group Nashi were bussed in from around the country to attend a victory rally. Despite the Kremlin’s insistence that the vote was not decided in advance, a stage was constructed as early as Sunday morning in anticipation of the victory rally.

    The protest movement against Putin has found its greatest strength in Moscow, launched after a 4 December parliamentary vote marred by widespread evidence of fraud. Some 370,000 Russians signed up to act as independent election monitors after the vote, an unprecedented show of civic activism born of the growing protest movement against Putin’s rule.

    Putin voted alongside his rarely seen wife, Lyudmila Putina, at the Russian Academy of Sciences. Fifteen minutes after he left the polling site, three women tore off their shirts and began shouting “Putin is a thief”. They were dragged away by police and one activist was later sentenced to 10 days in jail.

    Russian elections: Putin has six more years to draw level with Brezhnev

    Despite the whispers of revolution, who would bet against Vladimir matching Leonid?
    Luke Harding
    guardian.co.uk, Sunday 4 March 2012

    The election – more of a coronation, really – differed from previous Russian polls in one respect. After the public outrage that followed last December’s rigged parliamentary poll in Russia, Putin ordered that live web cameras be fitted in each of the country’s 91,000 polling stations.

    Over the past 48 hours, these cameras have reproduced a fascinating slice of Russian provincial life. We have seen cleaners mopping the floors of sports-halls, election officials dozing on the job, even a jolly Saturday evening disco at a polling station in sub-zero Siberia. Chekhov, that great chronicler of the ordinary, would have cheered.

    But the cameras didn’t do what, superficially at least, they were “intended” to do. They didn’t stop the fraud. Opposition activists have posted video footage of a host of electoral violations including ballot-box stuffing and paid supporters of Putin being ferried around in an armada of buses to vote in multiple locations. Nor did the cameras catch election officials who fudged totals once polls had closed – the most common form of fraud in December.

    For a long time now, “elections” in Russia’s ritualised imitation democracy have lacked one crucial element: drama. This was no different.

    Since he announced last autumn that he was standing for a third time to be president – taking his chair back from Dmitry Medvedev – Putin’s victory was a foregone conclusion. It was achieved against a bunch of uninspiring hand-picked opponents, with the invincible advantage of 24-hour pro-Putin state television. There was never any doubt about the result.

    But the Putin who returns to the Kremlin in May faces a radically different Russia from the quiescent one he has ruled for the past 12 years. Although he still enjoys support in the provinces, for the protesters who will gather on Monday in their tens of thousands in Moscow’s Pushkin Square he has become a figure of loathing and derision. (A recent protest video compares him to Montgomery Burns, the ageing greedy miser from the Simpsons)

    Putin is well aware that the protests now shaking Russia are the most serious since perestroika. They are spearheaded by a sophisticated urban middle class, but they include all kinds of Russians fed up with the falsehoods, feudal condescension and galactic thieving that have characterised his regime.

    The demonstrators don’t agree on who should replace Russia’s Duracell leader. But they are united in their desire to get rid of him.

    Confronted with the spectre of an Orange Revolution, Putin has two options. He can try to assuage the demonstrators with the vague promise of liberal reforms, or he can use the same lugubriously repressive KGB tactics that have served on previous occasions: black PR against key opposition figures; arrests; and the perennial libel that his enemies are traitorous western stooges and US-backed “fifth columnists”.

    Putin appears inclined towards the second, more thuggish, option. The Kremlin has sent hundreds of riot police and grey army vans to encircle Red Square. It’s hard to know if he really believes Hillary Clinton is paying the demonstrators, as he has claimed. Does he really believe the crowds will seize the Kremlin? But in recent months he has slipped further away from reality. Putin’s worldview has always been one of anti-Americanism and chippy Soviet xenophobia.

    For the west, Putin’s return means that Moscow will once again be a tricky and often paranoid partner. Only in the job for a few weeks, the US’s new ambassador in Moscow, Michael McFaul, has been on the receiving end of a nasty Kremlin smear campaign. The Kremlin has deployed one of its favoured tricks – creating a fake “McFaul” Twitter account, using an upper-case i as an l. With Putin back on the international stage, the “reset” between Barack Obama’s Washington and Medvedev’s Moscow will go straight in the dustbin.

    Relations between Britain and Russia are also in for a bumpy ride. This autumn, an inquest will be held into the 2006 murder of Alexander Litvinenko. Scotland Yard’s evidence will be presented in public for the first time – almost certainly confirming that Litvinenko was the victim of a state-sponsored assassination, sanctioned at the top levels of Russian power. Putin – president again, and inclined to see conspiracy in everything – won’t like this much. But, he says, he’ll still come to the London Olympics.

    At home, Putin has failed to explain why he wants to stay in power for another six years, with the option of another six in 2018. In the absence of any fresh leadership, Russia faces a period of stagnation, frustration and emigration – similar to Brezhnev’s Soviet Union. In international relations, it will continue to play a spoiling role, weighing up its own strategic interests against the frisson of annoying the Americans. Many of the best and brightest Russians will leave. Especially if the protests fail to deliver any tangible political change.

    For those demonstrating on Monday on Pushkin Square, the difficulty is this: how to bring about the end of the regime? There is no easy answer. Putin has no desire to step down. And given the personalist nature of the system he has created there isn’t anybody who can make him. Moreover, Putin understands only too well the logic of the corrupt government model he has created. Any real successor would probably seize his assets, which total billions of dollars, and put him in a jail cell.

    Russian politics, then, is entering a period of uncertainty. But we can assume for now that Putin will carry on, as will those who oppose him.

  2. 03/04/2012 at 17:19

    Putin wins election as Russian president; opponents claim widespread fraud

    By Kathy Lally and Will Englund, Updated: Sunday, March 4, 2012
    The Washington Post
    http://www.washingtonpost.com

    MOSCOW — Vladimir Putin won the Russian presidency with an overwhelming number of votes as predicted Sunday, but he returns to that office with his strong hand weakened and many of his countrymen far more assertive and ambitious than when he first took power 12 years ago.

    With the Kremlin towers gleaming majestically behind him, Putin strode onto a stage Sunday night to declare victory — with only about 30 percent of the vote counted and charges of vote-rigging resounding. Astonishingly, a tear slid slowly from his right eye as he stood before a cheering crowd. Then he uttered a fiery speech more in keeping with the tough-guy image he has so carefully cultivated. He later blamed the tear on the wind.

    “We have shown that nobody can impose anything on us,” he said, his voice rising as he once again sounded his campaign theme of enemies here and abroad — including the United States — trying to destroy Russia.

    But Putin, who captured a reported 64 percent of the vote, finds himself in unfamiliar circumstances. Since December, he has been the target of huge demonstrations in which many thousands have found the courage and solidarity to speak out against him, and the outcome of Sunday’s election is unlikely to quell their demands for an honest government that listens to them.

    The protesters, newly enraged by reports of violations Sunday, are still untested in commitment and strategy. No one knows whether Putin will crack down and they will refuse to submit, or whether he will seek accommodation and gradually reform the authoritarian regime as they hope. One test will shape up Monday, when thousands plan to demonstrate on Moscow’s Pushkin Square.

    “This was a disgrace, not an election,” tweeted Sergei Udaltsov, the leader of the socialist Left Front. “They again spit in our face. We will be on the streets tomorrow!”

    The authorities gave permission last week for protest rallies Monday and Thursday; Thursday is a holiday here in honor of International Women’s Day. But if official tolerance diminishes, confrontation could easily follow.

    Kremlin’s ‘jumpiness’

    The 59-year-old Putin, trained as a KGB agent, has cast himself as the all-powerful leader and savior of the nation, immune to criticism. He won 71.3 percent of the vote when he last ran for president, in 2004, but his prestige suffered a blow in December, when the ruling United Russia party won just under 50 percent of the vote in parliamentary elections, a humiliating defeat after getting 64 percent in 2007.

    Now, people no longer fear protesting against Putin, and he is ridiculed on the Internet, in a way thought impossible only a few months ago. He has revealed few signs of how — or whether — he will be able to adapt to the new political reality.

    When he first became president in 2000, Russians were impoverished, still trying to find their way out of the old Soviet system, uncertain of what lay ahead. Politics had a bad name, and most ignored it.

    But a growing, more prosperous middle class has begun to care. Thousands of Russians nationwide signed up to monitor the election Sunday. All day, activists reported instance after instance of multiple voting, abuse of absentee ballots and obstruction of election observers. One monitoring group, Golos, said it had received 3,000 complaints.

    Alexei Navalny, an anti-corruption blogger, tweeted that Sunday’s voting was as flawed as the December parliamentary elections, which set off the unrest.

    That suddenly assertive citizenry has rattled the Kremlin. The city of Moscow brought in 6,500 additional police officers over the weekend to patrol the streets, some from as far away as St. Petersburg. “The scale of the security force deployment,” noted Mark Galeotti, a New York University professor and security expert who is visiting Moscow, “does suggest a certain jumpiness on the Kremlin’s part.”

    Criticism abounds

    The protesters say they are at the beginning of a long-term effort to change Russia’s political culture — away from the corruption and the “power vertical” that have marked Putin’s 12 years of rule. After two four-year terms as president, term limitations prevented him from running again, so Putin picked Dmitry Medvedev to replace him. Medvedev made Putin prime minister, but Putin remained the power behind the throne. With the presidential term now six years, he could stay in power until 2018 — and then seek another term.

    The protesters did not coalesce behind any of the four candidates running against Putin, who were allowed on the ballot only with his permission and so were not seen as real opposition. But Sunday night, Gennady Zyuganov, the longtime head of the Communist Party, who came in second with about 17 percent of the vote, and newcomer Mikhail Prokhorov, the billionaire oligarch and owner of the New Jersey Nets, who reportedly got about 7 percent, denounced the conduct of the election and called it unfair.

    The government made an effort to show that it took the complaints about the December elections seriously. It spent more than $400 million to install web cameras in a majority of the country’s 95,000 polling places, and about 600,000 citizens signed up to watch the webcasts from their computers.

    Critics, however, said the cameras were ineffective because they were trained on voters casting ballots, rather than on officials counting them. And, they said, much of the unfairness began long before voting day, with Putin preventing the opposition leadership from developing and controlling who could run for office.

    Putin was considered likely to win without vote-rigging, but the Kremlin had made it clear that it was determined to avoid a second round. That meant Putin needed more than 50 percent of the votes.

    The result of all the machinations is that Russians may doubt Putin’s legitimacy. “Everyone will believe what he or she is inclined to believe,” said Grigory Golosov, a St. Petersburg political scientist. “Some will believe the elections are honest, and some will believe they are not, and there will be no way of proving it one way or the other.”

    This election was ‘different’

    In Moscow, where some of the worst violations occurred in December, the heavy turnout of election observers appeared to have put a damper on blatant vote fraud. Steady streams of voters were met by as many as a dozen monitors at each polling place.

    Even as voters said they recognized that Putin was headed for victory, they expressed a determination Sunday to treat the election as a beginning of their efforts to build democracy.

    “These elections are different from all the others,” said Julia Stavskaya, a 40-year-old who works for an education company. “People are taking it more seriously.”

    She cast her ballot at School No. 648 in northern Moscow, where voters were greeted by folk and march music in the lobby and vendors sold honey, packages of panty hose and hair ornaments.

    Stavskaya was complimentary about Putin. “He’s an experienced politician,” she said. “He can do anything, and I believe he will win. It will be fair because he has done a lot for the country.”

    But as she headed down the hall, homeward, she turned around. “I voted for Prokhorov,” she said. “I wanted to give him a chance.”

  3. 03/04/2012 at 17:22

    Putin Wins Election Amid Uncertainty Over What Is Next

    By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
    Published: March 4, 2012
    http://www.nytimes.com

    MOSCOW — Russian voters overwhelmingly granted Vladimir V. Putin a six-year term as president on Sunday, a widely expected outcome that set the stage for a far more suspenseful post-election confrontation between the freshly emboldened leader and an opposition movement that has repeatedly rallied tens of thousands of protesters.

    With 80 percent of ballots counted, Mr. Putin had won 64.7 percent of the vote, the Central Election Commission said, comfortably above the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff and extending his claim on power to 18 years, which would equal the rule of Leonid Brezhnev, the Soviet leader for much of the cold war. “We have won!” Mr. Putin, tears streaming down his right cheek, told a throng of tens of thousands of his supporters on Manezh Square, just outside the Kremlin walls.

    “We have gained a clean victory!” he said, standing next to Dmitri A. Medvedev, the protégé he chose to succeed him as president just over four years ago, and who now, in a job swap, has been promised the post of prime minister. “We won!” Mr. Putin said. “Glory to Russia!”

    Amid renewed allegations of voting fraud, some opposition leaders called for demonstrations beyond those allowed by government permits, raising the prospect of a sharp response from the authorities and threatening to undercut Mr. Putin’s promise of stability.

    “This is not an election; it’s a shame,” Sergei Udaltsov, the leader of the Left Front, a radical socialist group, posted on Twitter. “Once again they spat in our face. Tomorrow we go to the streets!”

    Despite their strength in numbers, the protests have failed to yield clear leaders, nor have they spread much beyond the capital, which raises questions about the opposition’s viability.

    The popular anti-corruption blogger Aleksei Navalny said he would lead an unsanctioned march to the Kremlin after Monday’s rally, and he has called for a permanent encampment of demonstrators like those created by the Occupy movements in the West.

    “People need to go out on the streets and not leave until their demands are met,” he said in a television interview.

    In an echo of the disputed parliamentary election in December that helped set off the huge opposition protests, there were, by some tallies, more than 3,000 complaints of voting violations. They included “carousel voting,” in which the same people cast ballots at multiple locations, and “centralized voting” in which managers of factories, schools, hospitals and other large organizations pressure employees to vote for a specific candidate. In some cases, ballots are collected at the workplace.

    And once again there were statistically improbable results from the North Caucasus, home to 6 percent of the Russian electorate. Mr. Putin and his party have previously won close to 100 percent of the vote there, with abnormally high turnout.

    Thousands of election observers took up posts across the country, most of them — in accordance with Russian election law — aligned with a candidate. In response to citizens’ cellphone photos and video documentation of fraud in December, the chairman of the Central Election Commission, Vladimir Y. Churov, announced that 180,000 Web cameras — installed at a cost of $450 million — would be used to record activity inside polling stations in real time and turned off “only after the counting of votes and the final signing of the protocols.”

    But Gennady A. Zyuganov, the Communist Party presidential candidate who finished a distant second, said the vote was tainted.

    “It was illegitimate, unfair and not transparent,” he said. However, there was no expectation that the complaints or the statistical anomalies would change the outcome.

    Many voters said that they remained ambivalent. “I will not say who I am voting for,” Anastasia Ryabukhina, 20, a student at the Academy of Labor and Social Relations, said at a polling station in southwest Moscow. “But think about it yourself: of all of them, Putin is the most realistic candidate.”

    Natalia I. Bazlova, 57, who voted at a school in the historic Cheremushki District, said: “I share his views but looking at his rivals, I also don’t see any other option. He is the most reliable. Putin is our stability.”

    Mr. Putin’s victory never seemed in doubt. He faced three, well-worn opponents whom he had defeated in previous elections — including Mr. Zyuganov — and one newcomer, Mikhail D. Prokhorov, a billionaire industrialist and owner of the New Jersey Nets basketball team, who mustered the two million signatures to get on the ballot but had no party to support him and no political experience.

    Mr. Zyuganov, 67, was running for the fourth time, and Vladimir V. Zhirinovsky, 65, the leader of a nationalist party, was in his fifth race. Sergei M. Mironov, 59, of the Just Russia Party, ran against Mr. Putin in 2004 while simultaneously saying that Mr. Putin deserved to be re-elected.

    The opposition’s ability to mount mass protests helped make the political playing field Russia’s most unstable since 1996, when President Boris N. Yeltsin was forced into a runoff vote by Mr. Zyuganov, the Communist leader.

    Ahead of the vote, the country had seemed on edge. On Saturday, Danila Lindele, an opposition journalist, posted this on Twitter: “A feeling that tomorrow is the end of the world.”

    On Sunday, as is usual on Election Day here, tens of thousands of police officers were mobilized in a show of order and security.

    A 24-year-old man at a polling station in Moscow, who declined to give his name, said that he worked at the emergency services ministry and that he was compelled by his supervisors both to vote for Mr. Putin and to work as an election observer on behalf of his campaign.

    “The old people come and the old people come and the old people come and all vote for one candidate — for Putin,” he said. “Why are they voting for Putin? Watch TV. There is one face: Putin.” He added, “If I could, I myself would have voted for Prokhorov.”

    Tatiana Chernova, 36, the director of a bank office, voted for Mr. Putin. “We know what we can expect from him,” she said.

    So did Tatiana Zorina, 59, who collects a pension but still works. “He is stable,” she said of Mr. Putin. “Life has become a little better. My pension has risen — not much, but it has risen.” She added, “People like him. They know that with him, we shall live as we lived before.”

    Even as the votes were still being counted, there were signs that Mr. Putin may have less tolerance for the opposition protests going forward.

    “We have won in an open and fair struggle,” he said at his victory rally. “But this was not only the election of president of Russia, this was a very important test for all of us, for our entire people. This was a test for political maturity, for independence.” He said the result showed Russian voters would not fall for “political provocations.”

    One of Mr. Putin’s supporters, Irina Yarovaya, the chairwoman of the security committee in Parliament, called the opposition “provocateurs and traitors.”

    “We were threatened with an Arab Spring,” she told the crowd. “But we will have our own spring. We will not submit to the will of strangers.”

    She clearly was not thinking of Sergei N. Tanikov, 57, a retired lieutenant colonel in the K.G.B., who said he intended to join the protest on Monday evening.

    “Today nothing will be decided,” Mr. Tanikov said outside a polling station in Moscow, where he planned to vote for Mr. Zyuganov. “I have never participated in a protest, but tomorrow I will go out because I can no longer tolerate this fascist regime.”

  4. 03/04/2012 at 17:26

    No preaching needed from western quacks and charlatans
    04.03.2012
    http://english.pravda.ru/news/

    Vladimir Putin is not a man who can be bought, fooled, hoodwinked or silenced. That, in itself, is the major reason the western media, on behalf of its paymasters, seeks to demonize him and question his legitimacy as the next President of Russia.

    Vladimir Putin knows a site more of what democracy is about than all the western leaders combined. No rational person sees the definition of democracy as “willing to do what you are told by Washington and / or Tel Aviv.” Thus is the western concept of democracy, coupled with bombs from 30,000 feet up, bullets and blackmail.

    Violence and force are what western-style democracy is all about. I am afraid that Russia and the world community are not receptive to that concept.

    A democracy does not fund and support terrorists. A democracy does not tell an offending group of armed insurrectionists to not negotiate under any circumstances. A democracy does not go around expecting violence to end when they are covertly and overtly supplying arms to one side.

    A democracy does not say NO to free and fair supervised elections (as they did in Libya and are doing in Syria).

    All the insolent pig-headed calling of a true democratic procedure a mockery will not hold water. The western media and leaders have been doing plenty of that.

    America is now a crypto-fascist state, masquerading as a democracy. The European Union is a crypto-fascist entity, elected by no one, and certainly not acting according to the will of the people. No one elected NATO, either, to carry out foreign policy and world policeman duties.

    As the next President of the Russian Federation said, “Suspension of the West’s military aid to the Syrian opposition will make the rebel fighters sit down at the negotiating table…it’s unacceptable to support one party to the conflict until it wipes out the other party.” Pure and simple logic, obviously lost on the hypocritical, lying fascist western leaders, particularly the USA and despicable Hillary war zone Clinton.

    Vladimir Putin also points out that authorities should react quickly to the people’s demands and remarks that not only have they made their demands known in Russia, but throughout all the countries of Europe and the USA.

    The Occupy Wall Street movement has spread like wildfire. All of this is basically a protest against the uneven distribution of wealth in the world, that one percent lives like stuffed pigs while the rest have to go without, hungry, starving, homeless, jobless, without health care.

    The west most certainly cannot teach anyone about freedom, democracy, liberty, equality and justice. Their total disrespect for international law has been duly noted, as well as their inability to keep agreements they make.

    But make no mistake, the western media has already been in full gear to discredit the Russian elections taking place tomorrow. They are so confident, arrogant and despicable that they have started the process well in advance.

    However, this makes it much easier to awaken more and more people to their true demonic, evil, dishonest nature.

    It would be wise to ignore their screaming, their lies, their machinations, their utterly repulisve noise, as they march in lockstep to their orders from the fascist privileged stuffed pig elites.

    Perhaps these media pigs would like to discuss Florida and Ohio.. and hanging, dimpled or pregnant chads or how only someone rich, with rich backers and the backing of strong lobbies can be elected in a most undemocratic two party system, where third party candidates don’t stand a prayer of serious consideration.

    Vladimir Putin is the right man to lead Russia. Russia will serve as the vanguard of true democracy under President Vladimir Putin and the anti-fascist world movement which is gaining strength every day.

     Lisa Karpova, Pravda.Ru

  5. 03/04/2012 at 17:32

    Putin declares victory in Russian presidential election
    March 4, 2012 LA TIMES
    http://www.latimes.com

    REPORTING FROM MOSCOW — Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin claimed victory for a new term as president after early results in Sunday’s election showed him taking an insurmountable lead.

    Putin, who has previously served two terms as president, had received a comfortable 63% of the vote, with 28% counted, according to the preliminary tabulation of the Russia Central Election Commission. He declared victory at a large rally of supporters outside the Kremlin.

    “I asked you once if we would win and we did win!” Putin said loudly as the crowd, numbering in the thousands, began chanting: “Putin, Putin, Putin!”

    Meanwhile, observers voiced concerns about large-scale election violations and opposition activists predicted forthcoming protests in Moscow and other big cities.

    In the early vote totals, Putin was trailed by four rivals including communist leader Gennady Zyuganov, who had 17%. Zyuganov refused to accept the results and said that “the entire state machine, corrupt inside out, was working for one man on the ballot, Vladimir Putin.”

    Putin’s campaign chief, Sergei Govorukhin, pronounced the election “the cleanest in the entire history of Russia.”

  6. 03/05/2012 at 19:50

    МНЕНИЯ И РЕЗУЛТАТИ

    Броят на невалидните бюлетини в руските президентски избори е доста по-малък в сравнение с изборите за държавен глава през 2004 година и изборите за Държавна дума миналия декември. Това съобщи ръководителят на Централната избирателна комисия Владимир Чуров, предаде ИТАР-ТАСС.

    За невалидни са признати 794 393 бюлетини – малко над един процент от всички подадени, уточни Чуров. С около 200 хиляди по-малко, отколкото на парламентарните избори, когато за невалидни бяха признати 1 033 000 бюлетини, или 1,57 на сто, пояснява агенцията.

    Невалидните бюлетини, подадени на президентските избори през 2008 година, бяха 1,36 на сто от общия брой, напомни Чуров.

    Развалените и невалидни бюлетини може донякъде да бъдат смятани и за протестно гласуване, намекна шефът на руската ЦИК. “Протестното гласуване бе много малко, по-малко, отколкото през 2008 и 2011 г.”, каза той. Грешките в избирателните списъци са 1,42 на сто – повече, отколкото на изборите за Дума, но в границите на европейските норми, заяви Владимир Чуров.

    По негови данни на избиратели в Русия са били издадени общо 2 092 000 удостоверения за гласуване на друго място и по предварителни данни са използвани 1,5 милиона от тях. “Това са обичайните цифри – 2 процента от участвалите в гласуването”, каза Чуров.

    Президентските избори очевидно бяха нагласени в полза на премиера Владимир Путин, се казва в доклада на наблюдателите от Организацията за сигурност и сътрудничество в Европа (ОССЕ), предадоха световните агенции. “Макар че кандидатите водеха предизборната си кампания без пречки, условията бяха очевидно нагласени в полза на един от кандидатите – настоящия премиер Владимир Путин. Нямаше реална надпревара, а злоупотребата с правителствени ресурси гарантира, че в нито един момент да няма съмнение кой ще е победителят”, се казва в изявление на ръководителя на наблюдателската мисия Тонино Пикула. “Изборният процес се изроди при преброяването на гласовете, което бе оценено отрицателно в почти една трета от наблюдаваните избирателни секции”, се казва още в доклада на наблюдателите, които също така призовават за щателно разследване на сигналите на опозицията за изборни измами.

    Наблюдателите от ОНД смятат, че вчерашните избори за президент на Руската федерация са “прозрачни, произведени в условията на открита конкурентност и гласност и отговарят на демократичните норми”. Това заяви в информационния център на руската ЦИК ръководителят на мисията Науриз Айдаров, заместник-председател на изпълкома на ОНД, предаде ИТАР-ТАСС. “Мисията констатира, че изборите са минали изцяло според законодателството на Руската федерация”, отбеляза той.

    Мисията включваше 282-ма наблюдатели от всички държави членки на ОНД, които представляваха Междупарламентарната асамблея на общността, Парламентарното събрание на съюзната държава между Русия и Беларус и изпълкома на ОНД. “В 1500-те секции, които посетихме, не е регистриран нито един факт, който да поставя под съмнение резултатите от гласуването”, констатира Айдаров. Той обаче посочи конкретни нарушения по време на агитационната кампания, например повреждане на плакати и билбордове. “Някои кандидати не се държаха напълно коректно в дебатите по телевизията”, добави ръководителят на наблюдателите от ОНД.

    Русия изцяло спази принципите на честните и открити избори, съобщи групата на независимите наблюдатели в официално съобщение, разпространено на брифинг в Москва и цитирано от ИТАР-ТАСС. “Ние стигаме до извода, че принципите на откритост, гласност и честност и съответствие с международните норми бяха изцяло спазени”, се казва в съобщението. “В посетените от нас изборни секции не бяха забелязани нарушения. Има забележки, които са от частен характер”, изтъкват независимите наблюдатели.

    “Обработените анкетни листове на независимите наблюдатели показват, че има единични забележки. Само в една избирателна секция наблюдателите бяха принудени да напуснат”, заяви представителят на групата за международен мониторинг Клайдън Престън. “В един процент от секциите имаше проблеми с уеб камерите, в три процента от секциите нямаше предвидени специални условия за инвалиди и само в една секция при отварянето на избирателните урни продължаваше и работата по избирателните списъци. Деветдесет на сто от представителите на групата за международен мониторинг оцениха като “добър” хода на изборите за президент на Руската федерация. И само 10 на сто поставиха оценка “удовлетворителен”. Лоши оценки, както виждате, няма”, изтъкна Престън.

    Владимир Пути взе близо 100 процента от вота в Чечения, но не стигна 50 процента в Москва, сочат последните публикувани днес резултати, цитирани от Франс прес. В Чечения Путин е получил 99,76 процента от гласовете. Другите четирима кандидати са с резултати между 0,02 и 0,03 процента.

    В други руски кавказки републики Путин както обикновено постави рекорди – 92 процента в Ингушетия, 92,8 процента в Дагестан и 91,36 процента в Карачаево-Черкезия.

    Първенец е село Гордеевски в Брянска област, където Путин печели 100 процента от гласовете спрямо “само” 65,77 процента средно за областта.

    В република Тува Путин е получил 90 процента от гласовете. Двамата му основни съперници лидерът на комунистите Генадий Зюганов и милиардерът Михаил Прохоров взимат съответно 4,3 и 1,98 процента.

    В Сибир Путин е постигнал най-ниския резултат в Иркутска област с относително скромните 55,4 процента. На парламентарните избори през декември партията му “Единна Русия” регистрира един от най-слабите си резултати в тази област – само 34,93 процента от гласовете подкрепа.

    В Мордова и Татарстан Путин получава съответно 87 и 83 процента. В тези две републики южно от Москва той е постигал високи резултати и на предишните президентски избори от 2004 г. (91,35 и 83 процента).

    В Москва Путин е спечелил само 47 процента от гласовете спрямо 68,6 процента на президентските избори от 2004 г. Той е следван от милиардера Михаил Прохоров с около 20 процента. Този новодошъл на политическата сцена кандидат се възползва основно от вота на средната класа в големите градове. В 20 избирателни секции Прохоров дори изпреварва Путин.

    В родния си Санкт Петербург, втория по големина град в Русия, Путин получава 58,7 процента от гласовете, което е по-малко от предишните му участия – на президентските избори от 2000 и 2004 г. той получи там съответно 62 и 75 процента.

    В Сочи избирателната активност е била 66,81 процента, или 206 700 избиратели, предаде ИТАР-ТАСС. Това е по-малко от общата активност в Краснодарския край, която е била 70,87 процента. В Сочи за Путин са гласували 61,01 процента от избирателите, или 126 148 души. Зюганов взема 15,66 процента, Прохоров – 11,65 процента, Владимир Жириновски – 6,76 процента и Сергей Миронов – 3,25 процента.

    В целия Краснодарски край Путин печели 63,68 процента, Зюганов – 18,46 процента, Прохоров – 6,73 процента, Жириновски – 6,73 процента и Миронов – 3,31 процента.

    Най-активни при гласуването са били строителите на олимпийските обекти – 84 процента от тях са отишли до урните, отбелязва ИТАР-ТАСС.

    Путин бе поздравен от двама от основните си претенденти – националиста Владимир Жириновски и центриста Сергей Миронов, предаде ИТАР-ТАСС, като се позова на неговия прессекретар Дмитрий Песков. Путин се чу по телефона и с милиардера Михаил Прохоров, който е на трето място в надпреварата, но не и със своя подгласник – лидера на комунистите Генадий Зюганов – който обяви, че не признава резултатите.

    Владимир Путин завърши дългия изборен ден със стих на Сергей Есенин, предаде ИТАР-ТАСС. Путин припомни, че когато на митинга в негова подкрепа на стадион „Лужники” в Москва на 23 февруари е цитирал Лермонтов, някой от множеството извикал: „Давай и Есенин!”. „Сега, в тази обстановка, бих искал да си спомня и за Есенин”, каза той и цитира стиховете на поета:

    „Извика ли война свещена: Оставиш ли Русия, ще живееш в рая! Тогава ще река: Не искам рай, Дайте моята родина!”

    Преди това Путин благодари на своя предизборен щаб за съвместната работа в хода на предизборната кампания. „Предстои ни да направим още много за нашата страна и народ”, подчерта той, като увери, че всичко, което е обещал преди изборите, ще бъде изпълнено.Прессекретарят на Владимир Путин Дмитрий Песков даде да се разбере, че новоизбраният руски президент ще продължи диалога с опозицията и е готов да изслушва конструктивни предложения. „Путин бе, е и ще остане пълен прагматик и в политиката, и във всички останали области”, подчерта той.Отказът на победителя на президентските избори да отдели време, за да отговори на въпросите на журналистите в предизборния му щаб, неговият прессекретар обясни с късния час и умората. Песков обеща, че Путин ще даде пресконференция в близките дни, обобщава БТА.

    Когато Владимир Путин се появи снощи пред около 110 000 свои привърженици близо до Кремъл след триумфалната си победа на президентските избори в Русия, по дясната му буза се стичаше сълза, която влиза в разрез с неговия имидж на силен човек, отбелязва АФП.Малко по-късно, докато Путин бе заобиколен от свои привърженици в предизборния си щаб, въпросът, който вече вълнуваше блогосферата, бе: наистина ли е плакал той? Сълзите бяха истински, но бяха причинени от вятъра, отговори самият премиер, който има черен колан по джудо и често е заснеман от камерите в образ на мачо. Не всички обаче приеха неговото обяснение, като критиците не пропуснаха да го нападнат. „Вова, Москва не вярва на сълзи”, написа в Twitter блогърът Славик Зехнер в игра на думи с известния съветски филм от 1979 г.Харизматичният опозиционер Алексей Навални също реагира с ирония: „Днес нашият лидер имаше основателна причина да плаче. Той се огледа около себе си и си каза: „Господи, какво всъщност направих?”. ИТАР-ТАСС отбелязва, че макар Путин да е обяснил впоследствие, че очите му са заблестели „от вятъра”, той очевидно не е успял да скрие своите емоции.

  7. 03/05/2012 at 19:55

    Presidential Elections in Russia

    Press Statement
    Victoria Nuland
    Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
    Washington, DC
    March 5, 2012

    The United States congratulates the Russian people on the completion of the Presidential elections, and looks forward to working with the President-elect after the results are certified and he is sworn in.

    The United States endorses the preliminary report of the observer mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), and welcomes the many other assessments of the Russian presidential election by Russian election monitors. We note the statement by the head of delegation for PACE that the election had a clear winner with an absolute majority. We also note, however, the OSCE’s concerns about the conditions under which the campaign was conducted, the partisan use of government resources, and procedural irregularities on election day, among other issues.

    We urge the Russian Government to conduct an independent, credible investigation of all reported electoral violations. As underscored in the OSCE report, we also note the new steps that the Central Election Commission took to increase transparency of the voting process since the parliamentary elections last December. We urge Russian authorities to build on these steps to ensure that the procedures for future elections will be more transparent.

    We are encouraged to see so many Russian citizens voting, monitoring voting in their local precincts, exercising their constitutional right to free assembly, and expressing their views peacefully about the political and electoral processes. The number of Russian election observers who monitored this vote is unprecedented and a sign that Russian society seeks to participate in the improvement of Russia’s democratic institutions. We also recognize the government’s efforts to reform the political system, including the reintroduction of direct elections for governors, the simplification of party registration procedures, and the reduction in the numbers of signatures needed to register presidential candidates.

  8. 03/06/2012 at 07:16

    Дните на Владимир Путин на власт са преброени, заяви Джон Маккейн
    06 март 2012 |

    Вашингтон. Американският сенатор от щата Аризона Джон Маккейн определи президентските избори в Русия като „мошеничество”. Според него дните на Владимир Путин на власт са преброени. „Арабската пролет” вече обхвана Русия и тя ще продължи, подчерта Маккейн, цитиран от Си Ен Ен.
    Той изрази увереност, че руският народ няма да търпи вечно тази корумпирана власт.
    По-рано държавният департамент на САЩ изрази готовност за сътрудничество с новоизбрания руски президент Владимир Путин, но призова руските власти да проведат пълно разследване на всички съобщения за нарушения по време на изборите.

  9. 03/06/2012 at 07:22

    Русия ще запази курса на външната си политика спрямо САЩ
    06 март 2012

    Москва. При новия си президент, Москва ще запази приемственост в позитивния курс по отношение на САЩ, увери днес заместник- министърът на външните работи на Русия, Сергей Рябков, цитиран от ИТАР-ТАСС.
    „У нас няма никакви съмнения, че ще запазим курса на външната си политика по отношение на САЩ”, подчерта руският дипломат, като допълни, че „Москва потвърждава своята ангажираност за съвместна работа”.
    „Смятам, че САЩ също така за заинтересувани от конструктивни взаимоотношения с Русия”, коментира Рябков.

  10. 03/06/2012 at 07:35

    Владимир Путин нареди да бъдат разкрити всички нарушения по време на президентските избори
    06 март 2012

    Москва. Премиерът на Русия Владимир Путин, който победи на президентските избори в неделя, настоява да бъдат проверени всички сигнали за нарушения по време на кампанията и гласуването, предаде Интерфакс.
    Днес Путин посети ситуационния център „Избори-2012” в Московската държавна юридическа академия и се срещна с наблюдатели от организацията „За честни избори” и участници в проекта „Граждани за честни избори”.
    „Естествено имаше нарушения. Всички те трябва да бъдат разкрити”, каза Владимир Путин.
    „Разчитаме на максимален контрол и мониторинг на ситуацията, за да няма никаква мърсотия”, добави руският премиер.