K.C. Singh Global churn ahead: More polls loom after Putin win

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Russian President Vladimir Putin won his country’s presidential election with 87 per cent of the vote on March 17. It will be his fifth term since he first assumed power in 2000. The six-year term will take him to 2030, making him the longest serving head of government in Russia, or in the erstwhile Soviet Union, barring Josef Stalin. The BBC pointed out that Russia’s independent watchdog, Golos, had been barred from acting as an observer in the election. In a year full of many critical elections globally, Mr Putin’s win is the first move in the geopolitical chess game....