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In a late night news conference broadcast live on television, Mr. Putin said he could now begin thinking about changes canadian goose jacket in the makeup of the government. Asked if he was also planning any changes in the Constitution, particularly any that would allow him to remain in power beyond 2024, he said it was an odd uk canada goose night to ask such a question.
„Let’s count what, will I be sitting here until I’m 100 years old?” he said. „No.”
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„This is a mandate to pursue any policy,” he said. „Society trusts Putin and canada goose coats on sale believes that he can deal with any internal and external problems.”
Canada Goose sale The voting was more a referendum than a choice, but there is no question that Mr. Putin is wildly popular among Russians. His picture and his campaign slogan, „Strong President, Strong Russia,” blanketed the country, and many canada goose factory sale voters who supported him echoed that sentiment.
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The years under President Boris N. Yeltsin in the 1990s were a disaster, Mr. Tretyakov said, echoing a common theme. Whether the current electoral system is good or bad is a different issue, he said.
Aleksei A. Navalny, an anti corruption campaigner and the Kremlin’s most dogged critic, was barred from the race and called for a boycott.
Mr. Putin’s closest competitor was Pavel N. Grudinin, 57, the Communist Party candidate; preliminary results showed he got around 13 percent of the vote. Mr. Grudinin, the millionaire director of a farming enterprise, the Lenin State Farm, had vowed to restructure the economy and nationalize industries controlled by oligarchs.
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canadian goose jacket Ksenia A. Sobchak, 36, the only woman in the race, received less than 2 percent of the vote in preliminary results. One 26 year old theater sound engineer who canada goose uk shop voted for her nervous enough about it that he wanted to be identified only by his first name, Andrei said that „voting for a candidate whose program is the complete opposite of Putin’s is a type of protest.”
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The voters did skew older, with an exit poll conducted by the state backed Vtsiom agency showing that just over half the voters were above age 45, while only about 9 percent of those ages 18 to 25 participated.
canada goose deals Olga Kozlova, 20, a student at the Russian Customs Academy, was hanging out with a friend in a shopping mall on Sunday. Neither had voted.
Local governments tried various efforts to get out the vote, not least trying to turn the entire event into a carnival. buy canada goose jacket There was music, discounted food for sale and games for the children. At one https://www.canadagoosesale.biz Moscow polling station a woman dressed as a clown shouted out historical questions and rewarded right answers with a chocolate bar.
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Ilya Amutov, a 26 year old software engineer and longtime Navalny supporter, served as an election observer for the Sobchak campaign. He was taken aback watching elderly voters at his polling station off Leninsky Prospekt kissing Mr. Canada Goose online Putin’s canada goose clearance sale pictures on the official poster listing all eight candidate and crossing themselves, he said. That is how the Russian Orthodox faithful treat religious icons.
„They cherish and love Putin,” canada goose he said. „This is buy canada goose jacket cheap a big cultural shock. It was rigged by our people. This is extremely depressing.”
buy canada goose jacket cheap Mr. Navalny canada goose black friday sale tried to put the best face on it, telling reporters at his headquarters that at least the boycott seemed to keep turnout below 2012 canada goose store levels.
There were scattered reports of the usual election irregularities, with a few observers harassed or beaten and video cameras catching some ballot box stuffing. There was also a discrepancy in some places between the turnout numbers tallied by Mr. Navalany’s organization, which fielded more than 30,000 observers, and the official numbers.