Holding the Russian presidential election in Crimea is another rude violation of international law by Russia. This was the reaction of Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, who commented on the outcome of the vote held in Russia on Monday.
'The results of the illegal voting are void and will have no legal consequences. No other presidential elections but these of Ukrainian president can be held in Crimea,' he said.
According to the Russian Central Election Committee, the incumbent Russian leader beats all other candidates with 76.65 percent of votes, with 99% ballots processed.
Pavel Grudinin collected almost 12 percent; Vladimir Zhirinovsky gained 5.68. The rest, including Kseniya Sobchak and Grigoriy Yavlinski, have not made it through the two-percent threshold.
According to the Russian media, Putin has enjoyed the record-large support of voters in his entire political career. In the 2000 presidential race, he gained 53 percent of votes; 71.31 in 2004, and 63.6 percent in 2012.