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Putin receives 94,1% of votes in Georgia’s occupied region of Abkhazia
19 March, 2018
Vladimer Putin received more than 76% of the vote, official results show. As it has been reported, Vladimer Putin has received 94,1% of votes in Georgia’s occupied region of Abkhazia. So-called Russian ambassador in Abkhazia Semion Grigoriev has said. In total twenty polling stations were opened in Abkhazia , including four in the town of Sokhumi, while thirteen poll
ing stations were opened in Tskhinvali Region(South Ossetia), seven of them located in the town of Tskhinvali.

“He received 20% more votes in Abkhazia than in Russia, candidate of the “Communist Party” Pavel Grudinin is the second with 2,46% of votes, while Vladimer Zhirinovski of the “Liberal-Democratic” party took the third place with 1,56% of votes.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Abkhazia's so called President Raul Khadzhimba signed a cooperation agreement in 2014, REUTERS

Russian presidential elections took place yesterday. Polling stations were also opened in Georgia’s Tskhinvali Region (so called South Ossetia),currently occupied by Russia. US Ambassador to Georgia Ian Kelly has condemned opening of polling spaces on Georgian territory without its consent by once again stressing that Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) and Abkhazia regions are part of Georgia.

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Abkhazia, Photo: DW

Some of the world leaders have already congratulated Putin on his victory and a a new six-year term as Russian president.

Chinese President Xi Jinping said his country's partnership with Russia was at its "best level in history", BBC reported.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to congratulate Mr Putin soon but no other Western leaders have yet done so, amid tensions over the poisoning of an ex-spy in the UK.
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Russian presidential election results

The leaders of Iran, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Venezuela, Bolivia and Cuba have alos also sent their best wishes to the re-elected President of Russia.

Tensions between Russia and the West have deepened in recent weeks after the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Britain. The UK government blamed the nerve agent attack on Russia.

The main opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, was barred from the race.

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