Russian Presidential Election Results

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, right, and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who claimed victory in Russia's presidential election, attend a rally of supporters at Manezh square outside Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, March 4, 2012. Putin has claimed victory in Russia's presidential election, thanking his supporters for helping foil foreign plots aimed to weaken the country, an election  which the opposition and independent observers say has been marred by widespread violations. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Dmitry Astakhov, Presidential Press Service) -

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, right, and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who claimed victory in Russia's presidential election, attend a rally of supporters at Manezh square outside Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, March 4, 2012. Putin has claimed victory in Russia's presidential election, thanking his supporters for helping foil foreign plots aimed to weaken the country, an election which the opposition and independent observers say has been marred by widespread violations. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Dmitry Astakhov, Presidential Press Service)

Russian Presidential Election Results

The outcome of the Russian presidential election, its implications for Russia and for relations with the U.S.

Protesters have gathered in Moscow today following Vladimir Putin’s win in the Russian presidential election. Several opposition candidates have denounced the results and labelled the election a farce. There have also been widespread allegations of fraud and vote rigging. This protest and the ones following december’s desputed parliamentary elections have been the largest in Russia since the end of the Soviet Union. Despite the outcry over the results, yesterday’s win by Vladimir Putin was never really in doubt. The real question is how much the continuing unrest diminishes his status and threatens to his ability to hold onto power.

Guests

Andrew Weiss

director, Center for Russia and Eurasia at RAND Corporation and served on the National Security Council staff as a Russian expert under President Clinton

Svetlana Babaeva

senior analyst, U-S Bureau, Russian News Agency (RIA Novosti)

Lilia Shevtsova

Kremlinology expert and a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Moscow

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