Supporters of Vladimir Putin have gathered in central Moscow to celebrate his election victory.
The Russian prime minister won 64 per cent of the vote.
He will be sworn in as president for a third time in early May.
Putin addressed a victory rally late on Sunday night.
He took centre stage alongside outgoing head of state Dmitry Medvedev.
The pair swapped jobs four years ago to allow Putin to run again for the Kremlin.
He thanked those who voted for him for backing his plans for a greater Russia.
“I asked you once if we were going to win, and yes we won,” he said.
The job swap with Medvedev meant Putin side-stepped a constitutional rule that places a limit on any one person serving more than two successive terms as president.
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