By Ria Novosti
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin secured 63.82 percent, or 44.9 million votes, as 99 percent of all ballots have been counted in Sunday’s presidential elections, the Russian Central Election Commission (CEC) said on Monday.
The Communist leader, Gennady Zyuganov received 17.18 percent of the vote, which is equivalent to over 12 million ballots, while the independent candidate, Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov came in third with 7.77 percent (5.4 million votes).
Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the charismatic leader of the nationalist LDPR party, came fourth with 6.23 percent, or 4.3 million votes. The A Just Russia party candidate and former Federation Council speaker Sergei Mironov tails the list with 3.84 percent (2.7 million votes) for his support.