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Vladimir Putin Is Back To Harness :

“I promised that we would win and we have won”, words of Mr. Vladimir Putin, after winning the presidential race on Sunday the 4th of March 2012.

The Presidential race in Russia came to an end on the 4th of March with Mr. Putin, the former Prime Minister, winning 64% of the votes.  His rivals – Gennady Zyuganov, Mikhail Prokhorov, Vladimir Zhirinovsky and Sergei Mironov faced a humiliating and shocking defeat.  As usual, those who were defeated had nothing but complaints about vote-rigging, allegations of fraud, and mismanagement.  For this reason, the opposition leaders – during the election campaign -- united together and firmed their resolve to make sure Putin didn’t win, but to their utter shock and disbelief, he once again gave them a crushing defeat.  “This election is unfair and unworthy”, declared Zyguanov, who won only 17.19% of the votes.   Another opposition leader,Vladimir Ryzhkov, who too lost said, “These elections cannot be considered legitimate in any way”.   These allegations by the opposition leaders are baseless because thousands of independent observers and monitors were present at the polling booths.  

Despite all the allegations laid on Mr. Putin, the majority of the people of Russia elected him for another six years.   They believe in him and see him as the loyal son, defender, and stabilizer of Russia.  Tens of thousands of jubilant Putin’s supporters gathered in Moscow to celebrate his victory.  A tearful Putin addressed the gathering and said, “We have won in an honest and open battle”.   The current Presient, Dimitry Medvedev, was along with Putin to thank the voters and supporters of “every corner” of the country.   Talking about the election victory, Putin said: “Our people can easily distinguish a desire for renewal and revival from political provocations aimed at destroying Russia’s statehood and usurping power”.   

He will be in office for the 3rd time; previously he was elected as president twice.  Currently, he is still the Prime Minister, and this May he will relinquish his post as PM and will become the President of Russia – once again.  Russian constitution bans Presidents from running for the 3rd term consecutively, so after a break as PM, Putin is now back as the President; he may continue to serve as the President beyond 2018.  
“Glory to Russia!”

His full name: Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin
Date of Birth: 7th October 1952
Place of Birth: Leningard (St. Petersburg)
Father’s Name:  Vladimir Spiridonovich Putin
Wife’s Name:  Lyudmila Putina 
Children’s Name: Mariya and Yekaterina
Political Career: Presidential-elect (taking office on the 7th May 2012)
Prime Minister of Russia: 2008 to 2012
President of Russia: From 2000 to 2008
Occupation:  Politician
Profession:  Lawyer
Political Party: United Russia
Religion:  Russian Orthodoxy