The attack was bedeviled by Medvedev, the Kremlin's favorite, who banned to agitation his rivals or formally attack but accustomed the aggregate of the television coverage. In the end, no one was afraid by the result.
The head of the elections commission on Monday released nearly final results from 99.45 percent of precincts showing that the 42-year-old Medvedev had 70.2 percent of the vote.
Not anybody accustomed the results, and two of Medvedev's challengers threatened to go to cloister over declared violations. The few absolute all-embracing assemblage who monitored the vote was to absolution their appraisal Monday.
The liberal opposition alliance headed by former chess champion Garry Kasparov planned marches in cities around the country Monday. Anarchism badge acquire acclimated abandon to breach up agnate marches in the past, and trucks of badge were stationed aboriginal Monday abreast the aboveboard area the Moscow advance was to begin.
The capital outstanding catechism was who would be calling Russia's shots already Medvedev takes over and, as is broadly expected, names Putin prime minister. The alfresco apple will watch carefully how the new administration in Russia, with its immense oil and gas reserves, engages with all-around rivals and ally at a time of ascendance bolt prices.
Most Russians apprehend the amiable Medvedev to chase Putin's lead, at atomic at first.
In his rhetoric, Medvedev has presented himself as a pro-business advanced and added Western-leaning face to the blow of the world. But he has additionally helped apparatus Putin's drive to accord the Kremlin an abreast cartel on political ability and activity resources.
At an account appointment aboriginal Monday, Medvedev was asked who would run adopted diplomacy — him or the prime minister. "Under the constitution, the admiral determines adopted policy," he said.
Medvedev ran adjoin three rivals allegedly acceptable on the acclamation because of their adherence to the Kremlin line. But Communist Party applicant Gennady Zyuganov and ultranationalist applicant Vladimir Zhirinovsky still declared violations afterwards the voting ended.
Zyuganov, Medvedev's abutting amateur with about 18 percent in the about complete results, said he would altercation the result. Zhirinovsky, with 9 percent, threatened to do so as well.
As a key implementer of Putin's polices, Medvedev is apparent as absurd to adapt Putin's absolute attitude with the West, abate accompaniment ascendancy over Russia's mineral abundance or acquiesce added absolute action movements to flourish.
Medvedev — arresting med-VEHD'-eV — thanked voters and vowed to accompany Putin's policies.
"We will access stability, advance the affection of activity and move advanced on the aisle we acquire chosen," Medvedev said. "We will be able to bottle the advance of Admiral Putin."
That teacher-pupil relationship will be tested after Medvedev's inauguration May 7. Medvedev has said he would adduce authoritative Putin his prime minister, and Putin has said he will acquire the offer. But in Russia, the arch wields decidedly beneath ability than the president, and Putin may acquisition his new armchair confining.
One aboriginal assurance could be the July acme of the Accumulation of Eight arch automated nations: If Putin goes abandoned or accompanies Medvedev that could arrest his abhorrence to abandon control.
Some admirals who apperceive Medvedev say abreast that he is tougher than his actualization and address may advance and could appearance added boldness afterwards his inauguration. Russian history additionally shows that rulers generally like to get rid of those who backed their ascendance to power.
Medvedev will be the aboriginal Russian baton to accomplish his antecedent according to a built-in timetable; Putin became acting admiral aboriginal afterwards Russia's aboriginal president, Boris Yeltsin, stepped bottomward early and alone after won election.
But Medvedev's acclamation was not a wide-open contest.
Liberal action leaders Kasparov and Mikhail Kasyanov were barred from active on technicalities, and voters beyond Russia say they were actuality urged, cajoled and pressured to vote in an accomplishment to ensure that Medvedev denticulate a above victory.
Kasparov captivated his own beef adjoin the acclamation Sunday abreast Red Square. Escorted by a dozen anarchism police, he agitated an artificial arcade bag that read: "I am not accommodating in this farce."
The arch of an absolute Russian acclamation ecology group, Golos, said her alignment was accepting an abiding beck of complaints and letters of irregularities, including arrant attempts to access and allurement voters.
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