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Monday, 05 March 2012 - 8:02
Putin 'elected Russian president'
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Vladimir Putin has declared victory in Russia's presidential elections, returning for a third term after spending the last four years as the country's PM.

Exit polls and preliminary results gave him about 60% of the vote.

Putin told supporters at a rally in central Moscow they had won in an open and honest battle.

But opposition groups have reported widespread fraud, with many people said to have voted more than once.

They have called for mass protests in central Moscow today.

Meanwhile tens of thousands of supporters of Putin gathered with Russian flags and banners outside the Kremlin for a concert to celebrate his victory.

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