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"Crushing victory": reaction of foreign journalists to the presidential elections in Russia

Tags: Elections, Politics, President, Putin, Russia, Mass Media

World media - about the results of voting and prospects for the fourth term of Vladimir Putin

The victory of the incumbent President Vladimir Putin in the election has become one of the main topics in the world media. TASS prepared a selection of the most important comments of foreign journalists.


The Washington Post: "Through his unconditional victory, Putin has ensured the electoral show he wanted.Wait for the growing tension with the West, while he is now deciding what to do next.For several weeks before Putin was re-elected to a new six-year term in office, he barely led an agitational campaign and did not put forward any specific plans for major domestic reforms, but he struck Russians with a demonstration of new fantastic weapons, and state television activated the coverage of threats, allegedly emanating from the United States and its allies. "The single signal was this: an attack is being fought on Russia, and she needs a strong leader in order to survive.

When the new government is being formed in the coming months, the president will have to manage the conflicting interests of the ruling elite, which strives to strengthen influence in the post-Putin era, which will someday come. As a result, as many analysts say, Putin will be interested in aggravating the conflict with the West, as the struggle for determining the country's domestic policy continues in the Russian elite. "

National Public Radio (NPR): "The fact is that Putin is popular in his country, we all hear that Putin controls the state media and banned his most prominent political opponent, Aleksei Navalny, from taking part in the elections, but ultimately people like stability. in power 18 years, and this at this stage largely explains its attractiveness.It represents the status quo ... With Putin the situation is stable.Another point worth noting is that the supporters of P Tina say again and again that it gives them a sense of pride. This is important. "

National Review: "Vladimir Putin's re-election as president of Russia was as predictable as the sunrise, but his biggest advantage is not the iron grip he holds for domestic political life in Russia, but the helplessness and passivity of Western partners in the face of his outrageous actions ... The real freezing of assets oligarchs Putin would send a signal that the West is finally serious about curbing Russia's misconduct. "

Associated Press: "Vladimir Putin easily won the elections by securing a fourth term and extending his stay in the Kremlin for another six years, being at the same time the man who ruled the largest country in the world from the very beginning of the 21st century." The vote was overshadowed by numerous reports of ballot stuffing and coercion to vote, but complaints, most likely, hardly discredit Putin.

Putin easily won the elections, ensuring a fourth term

The popularity of the Russian leader remains high, despite the suppression of dissent and blame from the West for Russia's increasingly aggressive stance on international issues and the alleged interference in US elections in 2016. The main challenge for Putin during the elections was to ensure a huge gap from his rivals in order to declare an unchallenged mandate. "

The New York Times: "Putin, as expected, will continue to rule virtually unchanged with regard to the intention to revive Russia as a world power, while limiting domestic economic reforms."

The Wall Street Journal: "Under Putin, the Kremlin consolidated control over the media and pushed into the background political opponents, including opposition activist Aleksei Navalny, who in recent years has taken to the streets tens of thousands of protesters against corruption in the highest echelons of power." Navalny was banned from participating in elections because of a conviction for a criminal case, which he calls politically motivated, he urged his supporters to boycott the elections, while Putin's popularity rating before the elections exceeded the mark of 80%. gradually increased as the enormous growth of the standard of living of the Russian population in recent years 20 ".

Bloomberg: "Vladimir Putin easily won a decisive victory in the Russian presidential elections, extending his 18 summer rule in the context of the ongoing conflict with the West.The results reflect a record support for Putin, who practically did not take part in the election campaign and did not have real competition in the elections, which even some of his rival candidates were called farce.

The results reflect Putin's record support

The authorities before the vote made significant efforts to force citizens to come to the polling stations, offering them various incentives - from free food to competitions with prizes. "

CNN: "In the absence of any significant opposition and the ban on participating in the race to his cruel critic Aleksey Navalny, it was expected that Putin would win by securing his fourth term as president." The election results will prolong Putin's stay in power until 2024. prepared a successor, which gave rise to rumors that he could try to find a way to remain in power further.Protin opponents criticized the elections as dishonest, pointing to the Kremlin's tight control of the media, suppression ppozitsii and restrictions imposed by some observers who wished to ensure the free will. "


Globe and Mail"Putin's re-election means continuation of Russia's versatile conflict with the West in conditions when the information war is intertwined with real clashes in Ukraine and Syria, and both sides are trying to inflict maximum damage through the sanctions to the economy of the opponent. where the West sees an aggressive tyrant that has violated the international order - a huge list of charges, in particular, includes interference in the US presidential election in 2016 and the use of neural pairs lytic gas in the UK - the Russians see the leader who restored order in the country and restore their sense of national pride. "

National Post: "Putin received support thanks to the rhetoric about the exclusiveness of Russia, which is constantly attacked from the outside.In the next six years as president, Putin is likely to strengthen Russia's influence in the world." A few weeks before the election, he announced the creation of a new nuclear weapon capable of bypassing the missile defense system.The military campaign in Syria is clearly aimed at strengthening Russian influence in the Middle East.Russia is also ready to participate in the reconciliation of North and South Korea.In the domestic arena, Putin's prediction It should choose its successor or develop a strategy for avoiding the limitation of the presidential term, diversify the economy, which is still dependent on oil and gas, and improve medical and social services in the regions of the country. "


Folha de Sao Paulo: "Theoretically, presidential elections, in which the incumbent head of state fights against seven other candidates and there are no restrictions on campaigning, are a sign of a viable democracy." In fact, this is Russia, which casts doubt on this assumption ... The fact that the president enjoys considerable support, is not disputed, his popularity exceeds 80% largely due to aggressive rhetoric towards the West, effective for reviving the patriotic pride of Russians. Are his rivals, he probably would have won any in the first round.

In fact, the identity of other candidates is against the electoral process. Among them there are figures close to the president, those who, in the opinion of opponents of the government, participate in the race only to give legitimacy to polling. Doubts arise even with regard to the brightest contender for the highest post from the opposition Ksenia Sobchak, the only female candidate in this election.

Whatever his rivals, he probably would have defeated anyone in the first round

I also recall that Putin, who had the greatest potential, was very opportunely unable to run. Lawyer and activist Aleksei Navalny, who led the large-scale protests last year, can not stand his candidacy because of the conviction in the fraud case against him after a process that can be called at least vague. "


Granma: "Putin's success lies in the fact that he managed to achieve sustainable development of Russia, both politically, economically and socially, to become the standard-bearer of Russian ideology, restoring the highest national, moral, religious, cultural, artistic and philosophical values ​​that always made up Russian civilization, strengthened the armed forces of this country to protect the sovereignty, wealth, freedom and independence of Russia. "

United Kingdom

The Financial Times: "Vladimir Putin on Sunday won re-election as Russia's president with a huge margin, which Moscow explained in part as a diplomatic storm in relations with the UK over the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal.The Kremlin has set itself the task of achieving at least 70% of the vote for Putin at least 70%, Putin's vote seems to be much better than all the previous years in 18, during which he is in power, and thus means three MF ".

For Vladimir Putin and his team, this was a well-done job

The Guardian: "Vladimir Putin came to victory in Sunday's presidential election, the outcome of which was unmistakable, his fourth presidential term will last until 2024, which will make him the first Kremlin leader to be in power for two decades since the reign of Joseph Stalin. A spokesman for Putin's election headquarters said that the turnout was high, wiping London with the suggestion that this could be the voters' response to charges of carrying out the Salisbury attack. "

The Daily Telegraph: "Vladimir Putin won the fourth presidential term, having received more than 70% of the vote in the elections, which was a convincing result of the election campaign, whose representatives were concerned about the lack of interest (for elections) and boycotting the opposition."

The Independent: "For Vladimir Putin and his team, this was a well-done job ... By Sunday evening, the president won a deafening victory in the elections."


DPA: "Vladimir Putin is firmly seated in his chair - this is the result of the controlled elections in Russia.Voting in the largest country on the planet was organized by the authorities not just as elections, but rather as a referendum on Putin's approval (policy) .All permitted and some banned methods, such as pressure on the work, voters were sent to voting polls During the day, authorities spread enthusiastic statements that the turnout was higher than in the elections of 2012. and the first results were given, according to which the owner of the Kremlin received 72% of the votes - still this is his best result.But even if to the results of the vote, it seems that someone has put his hand, there is no question that Putin enjoys the support of the Russian population .

Officially, Putin's new term ends in 2024, he will be 71 a year. According to the Constitution, then he must leave. Thus, with Putin's re-election, the question arises of finding a successor. Inside the elite, the struggle for influence will grow, surprises can not be ruled out. Like his predecessor Boris Yeltsin, Putin can leave ahead of time or stay in power even longer, by making changes to the Constitution. "

People's Voice: "We should look for similarities between the old-new Russian president and the German chancellor, because Vladimir Putin could safely conduct his election campaign under the well-known motto of Angela Merkel:" You know me. "In the Russian version: the people know Putin as a man who once again made a great a humiliated country and returned to the Crimea, which keeps western decadence away from Russia and has been able to multiply well-being.Putter embodies the stability of the country, which has been preserved for almost two decades.This strong position makes Russia for Europe important - both in good and bad terms. "

Badische Neueste Nachrichten: "For Russia, the outcome of the elections means another six years of stagnation connected with the rejection of serious reforms, and the continuation of confrontational foreign policy." To simulate changes, Putin can more often resort to personnel reshuffles on the middle floors of the power vertical, thereby, however, his system will more and more to remind the last years of Yeltsin's rule. "

Reutlinger General-Anzeiger: "As Putin increasingly guided the country to his own personality during his long reign, he has enormous power, and at the same time he complicated himself and Russia the beginning of an orderly search for a successor.The West should make its contribution to ensuring that the gradual transfer of power was a success. "

Sueddeutsche Zeitung: "Starting from Monday, the question will spring up in the air, which will emerge more and more often:" Who will come after Putin? "The successor question is complicated because for 18 years that Putin is ruling the country, the state and society are increasingly oriented towards him.

Even the presidential elections on this Sunday were more of a ritual of self-affirmation for Putin than real elections. They can be a rehearsal of the referendum, when the people will ask Putin to stay and simultaneously approve the change in the constitution. Why should the Russian president be denied that the National People's Congress permitted Xi Jinping to rule for life? But there is an important difference: while China is preparing to replace the United States as the most powerful economic power on the planet, Russia is recoiling. The most serious obstacle to growth - and economists are unanimous in this - is the state itself. Necropolis, excess regulation and lack of legal guarantees do not allow to free ourselves from dependence on oil and gas. "


BFM: "The preliminary data on 75% of the votes of Putin's support show his great success, achieved already in the first round of the presidential election.The Russian president was re-elected, demonstrating that he holds power very tightly in his hands, which he set for himself, and he strengthened his position with this victory.For his part, the Russian electorate, supporting his candidacy, thanked him for ensuring stability in the country and for joining the Crimea. "

France Presse: "Having won the election with a truly triumphant result that exceeded all expectations, Vladimir Putin had the opportunity to remain the Kremlin's master." Now, at the end of his new mandate in 2024, he will enter the club of politicians who were in power for a quarter of a century. will be still far from the records of Fidel Castro, Kim Il Sung and Muammar Gaddafi.

Russian electorate thanked Putin for ensuring stability and joining the Crimea

After 18 years in power, Vladimir Putin, with all the necessary authority for this, embodies the ambitions of a great Russia, a country with its newly acquired power. However, this is done at the expense of human rights and in an atmosphere of unprecedented tension in relations with the West. "

LCI: "How can you explain such a great popularity (Putin)?" Julien Nosetti, a researcher at the Center for the Study of Russia at the French Institute of International Relations, believes that "this is genuine support from the people," and sources of it are in the results of Putin's first two terms of office. to provide stability to the Russians, who were in great need after the period of the 90-ies, chaotic and marked by a very complicated transition in a market economy, "Putin said, providing Russia not only stability, but and authority in the world, stresses Nocetti.If Vladimir Putin was able to consolidate his power and strengthen his popularity, this was achieved through the elimination of competition in any form ... He ruled the country with an iron hand. "

The Point: "The Russians, on the basis of broad support, re-elected Vladimir Putin for a six-year term in the Kremlin, which was an irrefutable confirmation of his status as a strong leader, but it happened during a period of sharp tension in Russia's relations with the West. that he ordered the poisoning of a former dual agent in the UK: Putin is constantly criticized in the UN for his support of the Syrian leader Bashar Assad. "

Le Parisien: "The man who was re-elected to the presidency of Russia this Sunday is more worried about the West than ever before." Being in power for 18 years, he created a vacuum around himself - the opposition was eliminated, destroyed, defeated, in any case he thinks so himself.

Yes, the country is ruled by an iron hand, but it is really run

Outside its borders, the former tsarist empire, which later became a Soviet empire, gained its greatness. In just a few years, Putin blocked the path of NATO expansion ... And the Russians are grateful to this autocrat for having restored the former greatness of Russia, which had faded much earlier as a result of the actions of Gorbachev and Yeltsin. Yes, the country is ruled by an iron hand, but it is really led - and this is welcomed by a large part of the population. "


Corriere Della Sera: "Vladimir Putin was reelected with more than 76,5% of votes for the presidency of Russia for another six years, until 2024." He won with a huge margin from his rivals, which was an unconditional confirmation of the legality of his long rule. "The authorities used all available tools to but the support that Putin enjoys in the country is real and unconditional.The pre-election statements that Russia is allegedly surrounded by enemies have received additional confirmation after a clash with Britain on Gadfly poisoning of ex-spy and his daughter. "

The print: "The mission is accomplished." The Kremlin boss secured a fourth presidential mandate, despite reports of violations - ballots in the urns before the open sites, pressure on civil servants and full buses, arranging voters to vote - compared to six years back, Putin enjoys record popularity, the Kremlin profitably used the accession of the Crimea and tensions with the West to form a public opinion that the president is the father of the nation. "

The Republic: "Here it is - eternal, stainless Putin, the only strong leader, able to protect Russia from Western attacks.

London accuses him of poisoning the ex-agent, the UN condemns the support of Assad in Syria, the United States is imposing new sanctions for alleged Russian interference in the elections, which Trump won. If there are no surprises, according to the Constitution, this presidential mandate of Putin should be the last one. Now the last step can be taken: either to free ourselves from the constitutional limitations of the presidency, which do not allow us to run again in 2024, or to find another dimension and determine a successor. "


ABC: "A high turnout was registered in the elections, higher than six years ago." A key oppositionist, Aleksei Navalny, who was excluded from the list of candidates for having a criminal record, called for a boycott, and the Russian authorities made enormous efforts to secure a large number of participants. tickets for concerts were played at polling stations, food was sold at low prices, and some were even offered entertainment attractions.In the first charges of violations presented by the observer group she sent by Navalny, it is said about people who voted twice.It is also considered suspicious that in some settlements on the peninsula of Kamchatka in the Russian Far East the turnout was 100%. "


Le Soir: "Europe has a problem with Vladimir Putin ... The cold war of the 21st century is unfolding at our doors, and it can ignite from the slightest spark." A gloomy episode with the poisoning of an ex-spy can further exacerbate tension and further isolate Putin. It seems reasonable to collect tanks in the eastern countries of NATO and support sanctions to demonstrate to the president elected this Sunday that there are borders that can not be crossed. "

Czech Republic

Pravo: "Still better when Russia is ruled by a strong Putin, and not when this nuclear power is in chaos, as it was in the 90-ies.

In the latter case, the Russian threat would weaken, but the question would arise who would take power in the country and what would it do? This situation could be used not only by oligarchs, who again divided the country into parts. It could be used by Caucasian radicals. It is hard to imagine a worse scenario than that involved in chaos and experiencing economic collapse, but a rearmed nuclear Russia, from which hundreds of thousands of residents flee and where terrorists operate. "


Ilta-Sanomat: "If Britain kept its accusations against Russia at the time of the election, Putin's result might be weaker: the Russian people rallied in the face of external pressure." The Russian people showed that they can not be pressured from the outside. "The Russian people lined up in support of Vladimir Putin. explanations could be heard on Sunday night on Russian state television channels when they talked about Putin's victory with the forecast that exceeded the forecasts. "

Helsingin Sanomat: "In fact, Putin decided the fate of this election in February 2014, when he told his nearest entourage:" Is not it time to return the Crimea to our homeland. "The transfer of elections on the day when the anniversary of the accession of this region was celebrated is a very suitable step. polls, most of the patriotic ecstasy of four years ago has long disappeared from the minds of citizens, but the majority still supports the hero-leader.The frequent rationale for this: "Who else?"


Dagbladet: "The broad support of Russian citizens shows that Putin chose the right tone for the nation, pursuing a line of social conservatism and cultivating patriotism in Russia, Vladimir Putin knows how to communicate with the people in a way that few people can do from the leaders of Western democracies."

Aftenposten: "There is no reason to expect serious changes in Russian foreign policy or improving relations with the West.

Putin is able to communicate with the people in a way that few people can do

Putin unequivocally made it clear that it requires a relationship with Russia, as a superpower, on an equal footing with the United States. The idea that Russia is the defender of a conservative Christian civilization was the main topic of recent times. "


Svenska Dagbladet: "Vladimir Putin begins a new six-year term as president of Russia, despite the unprecedented furious attacks (Western leaders) after an attack using nerve gas in Britain." Relations with the West may worsen even more, but new military conflicts are not likely to At the same time, Russia will continue to strengthen its armed forces, experts predict Russian foreign policy. "


China Daily: "Putin won a decisive victory in Sunday's elections and was re-elected to the presidency for the next six years, and there were no doubts that Putin would win in his fourth election." He was confronted by seven minor rivals, and his most serious opponent was not was allowed to participate.The only real challenge for Putin was to get the maximum number of votes to declare the incontestability of his mandate Observers and individual voters reported a large number of violations, including a throw-in lleteney and coercion to vote, but these statements are unlikely to weaken the authority of the Russian leader, who has been in his post for the longest period since Stalin's time.

After he became head of state in 1999 after the unexpected resignation of Boris Yeltsin, Putin's elective power was built on stability - a quality that Russians appreciated after the chaotic collapse of the USSR and the "wild capitalism" of the Yeltsin era.

The elective power of Putin was built on stability - a quality that Russians appreciated after the chaotic collapse of the USSR

Over the next six years, Putin is likely to further strengthen Russia's influence abroad. As for domestic policy, Putin needs to resolve the question of preparing a successor or develop a strategy to circumvent the restrictions on the number of terms of office. In addition, the task remains to diversify sources of economic growth, which still depends on oil and gas, as well as improving the health care and social security system in regions that are far from Moscow's cosmopolitan splendor. "


NHK: "There is no indication that after Putin's victory in elections, Russia will begin to improve relations with the US and Europe, the confrontation with which has escalated after four years ago, the Russian Federation annexed the Ukrainian Crimea." The economic recession caused, in particular, by anti-Russian sanctions, remains A high turnout and a high percentage of votes with which victory was won allows Putin to demonstrate the legitimacy of the regime and the stability of the regime. "

Kyodo: "18 March, Putin easily won the presidential election.In his election campaign, he chose the dangerous path of hostile aggravation of relations with the US and Europe and strengthen his position as a" wartime leader "capable of defending the country, but ordinary people are dissatisfied with the weakening economy and the difference in the abundance between the poor and the rich.The course of the administration, which will be in power 24 year, is getting tougher, and further prospects are full of problems. "

Mainichi: "The confrontation between the criticizing Putin, who is arranging anti-government demonstrations and calling for a boycott of the elections by the popular blogger Alexei Navalny and the Russian television star Ksenia Sobchak, who ran for presidency with the anti-Putin campaign, led to a split in the camp of the Russian political opposition. a few percent of the vote against Putin, who received more than 70% of the vote. "


IANS: "Almost 55,5 million voters supported Putin's candidacy in the elections, paving the way for him to lead the country until 2024, after which he, according to the Constitution, is obliged to hand over the post to the new president of the Russian Federation ... Sunday voting was also the first expression of will in the Crimea after he became part of Russia, while Russian citizens living in Ukraine were not allowed to vote. "

Daily News and Analysis: "Putin promised to use his new presidential term to strengthen Russia's defense against the West and raise living standards, he said that it is important for the country to maintain unity ... At a meeting with his associates, he noted that tough times ahead, but Russia has a chance to achieve progress ".


Nhan Dan: "Vladimir Putin received 76,65% of the votes in the presidential election after processing 99% of the ballots." The incumbent received a record support of his voters in his political career - 54,4 million citizens voted for him, which is 5,1 million more than in 2004.

Putin received the support of the absolute majority of voters - he voted for him more than for all the other candidates combined. "

VnExpress: "Russian President Vladimir Putin won a landslide victory in the presidential elections on Sunday, extending for six more years his powers to manage the largest country in the world ... Putin promised to use his new presidential term in order to strengthen Russia's position in the world and raise the level life in the country. "

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Chosun Ilbo: "Putin won by an overwhelming majority of votes in the presidential elections in Russia, he will remain in power until at least 2024 a year, and thus the general term of his rule will be 24 years - longer than Russia in the new and recent history of the rules only dictator Stalin. Among the candidates in the election, Putin had no serious rivals, and therefore his re-election was predetermined, none of the seven other candidates was perceived by the authorities as a threat, and opposition leader Aleksei Navalny was not allowed to vote. "


Haberturk: "It's difficult to call Russia the same world leader as the Soviet Union was, Putin's main failure was the reluctance to cleanse the country of corruption, and to save the economy from dependence on gas and oil prices, and it is unlikely that something will change in these matters in the near future The man who tried to get rid of this dependence and pursued a more technologically advanced policy was Dmitry Medvedev, who changed Putin for one presidential term, but he did not have enough power.

Despite all its popularity, Putin is forced to keep under the control of the media. The reluctance of Putin to compete with political opponents is a manifestation of weakness.

Nevertheless, Russia should not be treated with disdain. Despite all the difficulties, it is able to use the language of diplomacy. "

South Africa

SABC: "Putin states that he still supports the majority of Russians, because he led the country out of the state of chaos that followed the fall of communism, when in the 1990-ies capitalism broke free and demonstrated its worst results.

According to him, he turned Russia into what it is now: a state that once again sees itself on the world arena as a superpower, with a poverty level that has declined by 20 million people, stability and increased purchasing power of its citizens. However, critics say that all this is more like a screen. The present corruption robbed the poorest Russians, and he (Putin) does too little to resist this.

There is a split in the society about the assessments of the president's rule, but he himself does not give signals about the intention to finish his career in 2024. Many are confident that he will remain in power after that. "


Nationwide Television (ONT): "The current election in Russia can be said briefly: the winner of this race was determined at the start.The support of the incumbent president - and no one doubted that Vladimir Putin will go on a new term (even before the announcement of his decision) - ranged from 70 to 86 % ".


"Kazinform": "Observers from Kazakhstan noted the high organization of the election process, as well as the use of technological innovations in the ongoing presidential elections in the Russian Federation."

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