Vladimir Putin’s victory all but certain as Russians head to the polls

March 16, 2024

Voters in Russia headed to the polls across the country’s 11 time zones on Friday in a three-day presidential election that is all but certain to extend Vladimir Putin’s 24-year rule until at least 2030. 0:20 Russian woman detained after pouring dye into ballot box – videoA number of Russians took more direct action to undermine the vote. Another video showed a voting booth in flames at a polling station in Moscow. Footage from St Petersburg showed a woman throwing a molotov cocktail at a polling station. Elsewhere, Russian voters were offered the chance to win iPhones and hairstyling devices produced by the British household appliance firm Dyson for sending in polling station selfies.