Russian presidential polls not fair: Candidate

Moscow, March 5 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov, whom exit polls placed second after Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at the presidential elections held Sunday, called the vote “unfair, dishonest and unworthy”.

Zyuganov said in remarks broadcast by state-run Rossiya 24 channel that instead of ensuring each of the five presidential candidates get equal treatment, the “huge and corrupt government machinery… worked only for Putin”.

“We don’t recognise these elections as legitimate,” he said.

Putin got 58.3 percent of the vote at Sunday’s presidential elections, exit polls showed, that is enough to hand him outright victory.

His nearest rival, Zyuganov, took 17.7 percent of the vote, state pollster VTsIOM said.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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