Putin’s new presidency, legitimacy in question?

 

By Bryan White

Vladimir Putin was the president of Russia from 2000 until 2008, since he was not allowed to take office for a third consecutive term, Dmitry Medvedev became president in the 2008 presidential race. It wasn’t until September of 2011 that Putin announced his intent to run for presidency again after serving the past few years as the prime minister.

As of Sunday, March 4th Putin won the presidential election yet again to hold his seat once again for six more years. After Putin won, he addressed to the Russian public that with this victory they had beaten their opponents on “destroying Russia’s statehood and usurping power.” Plenty of Russians are rejoicing the familiar placement of power put into Vladimir Putin’s  hands once again, but their are also many who believe he was placed in power falsely.

Is Putin’s Presidential win legitimate?

Though many are claiming that their was extensive vote-rigging. Upon these allegations is that Putin claimed victory before even a quarter of the votes were counted. When he claimed this victory it wasn’t to a bunch of adoring voters and families with their children, it was to a crowd of workers and business people, many of which were ordered to go. During this announcement Putin had this to say to his voters, “I promised that we would win and we have won!. We have won in an open and honest struggle.”

A planned protest of the election is set for Monday in the streets of Kremlin. The opposition claims, “The social base of the protest is going to grow and Putin with his team did everything wrong to make this happen. He really helped us,” said journalist Sergei Parkhomenko, one of the leaders of the opposition protest movement.

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