His only real challenge was to run up the tally so high that he could claim an indisputable mandate.
With almost 100 percent of the votes counted, the Central Election Commission (CEC), announced that Putin, who has run Russian Federation as president or prime minister since 1999, had won 76.69 percent of the vote.
Then he left the stage after speaking for less than two minutes.
President Vladimir Putin has launched a televised appeal for Russians to vote in the upcoming presidential elections, warning those that fail to vote that the decision will be made without taking their opinion into account.
There were widespread reports of forced voting Sunday, efforts to make Russian Federation appear to be a robust democracy. "People were indignant at first, said "They're violating our rights". but what can you do?"
But employees of state and private companies reported coming under pressure to vote, while students were threatened with problems in their exams or even expulsion if they did not take part, according to the independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper.
He declared victory in front of thousands of people gathered in below-freezing temperatures at Moscow's Manezhnaya Square near the Kremlin, where he called for unity in the country.
Based on the results of processing 99.51% of the ballots of the CEC, Vladimir Putin wins a presidential election in Russian Federation with a result of 76.65% of the votes. The government wants to ensure that this election is clean after ballot stuffing and fraud marred the last Russian presidential election in 2012.
With nearly all of the votes counted in Russia's presidential election, the state-run Russia Public Opinion Research Center published an exit poll that showed Vladimir Putin with 76.6% of the vote. Because of term limits, he became prime minister in 2008 and returned as president in 2012.More news: Mourinho accused of taking "blood money"
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Navalny himself was barred from the presidential race due to a criminal conviction that he and his supporters say was politically motivated.
In the run-up to the vote, a new crisis broke out with the West as Britain implicated Putin in the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal with a Soviet-designed nerve agent. Britain and Russian Federation last week announced expulsions of diplomats over the spy case and the US issued new sanctions.
And on election day, it was clear that there were efforts to encourage turnout, although it was unclear if they were officially supported.
Russia's parliament, which is controlled by Putin's United Russia party, moved the vote date back to March 18 to coincide with the fourth anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. But Putin's popularity remained strong, apparently buttressed by nationalist pride.
After barely campaigning, and with no serious challengers, Putin is likely to dominate Russian politics for at least another six years. He recently announced that Russian Federation has developed advanced nuclear weapons capable of evading missile defences.
The Russian military campaign that bolsters the Syrian government is clearly aimed at strengthening Russia's foothold in the Middle East and Russia eagerly eyes possible reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula as a lucrative economic opportunity.
CNN notes that Putin has not visibly groomed a successor, "prompting speculation he may try to find ways to extend his power beyond this term".
Ms. May said it was tragic that Mr. Putin, who is likely to coast to a fourth term in a Sunday presidential election, had chosen to act in such a way.
Also at polling station No. 216 in Ust-Djeguta, a woman around 40 said she was asked to provide proof of herself voting by her boss in the town's kindergarten No. 6.
Voters were casting ballots across the world's largest country, from the Pacific coast to Siberia and Moscow.
Turnout was reported high at about 67 percent. Some see Sobchak, the daughter of Putin's one-time patron, as a Kremlin project meant to add a democratic veneer to the vote and help split the ranks of Kremlin critics.