– ‘Stability, safety, prosperity’ –
In a closing attraction to voters on Tuesday, Putin stated the modifications have been wanted to make sure Russia’s future “stability, safety, prosperity”.
State tv confirmed Putin voting Wednesday at his typical polling station on the Russian Academy of Sciences, the place he was handed a poll by an electoral employee carrying a surgical masks and gloves.
Wearing a darkish swimsuit and tie, Putin was not carrying any protecting gear.
At a polling station in Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East, 79-year-old Valentina Kungurtseva informed AFP she supported the reforms.
“For us as pensioners, it is crucial that they may enhance our pension yearly,” she stated.
“So long as we’ve got a very good president, life can be good,” she stated.
Within the second metropolis, Saint Petersburg, 20-year-old Sergei Goritsvetov stated he opposed the reforms however doubted it will make any distinction.
“I voted in opposition to and I hope there can be many people, however I do not know what it can change,” he stated. “A minimum of I expressed my opinion.”
Navalny had stated Putin, 67 and in energy as president or prime minister since 2000, needs to make himself “president for all times” and referred to as for a boycott, calling the vote illegitimate.
“We have now simply watched a present with a deliberate finale,” he wrote on his weblog after polls closed.
“Putin is not going to depart himself,” Navalny wrote, “not till we start to come back out to the streets by the a whole bunch of 1000’s, by tens of millions.”
The opposition divided and did not mount a severe marketing campaign, with some voting “no” and others staying dwelling. There have been solely small protests in central Moscow and Saint-Petersburg Wednesday.