Supporters of Vladimir Putin were also out on Moscow’s streets but this time there was a mood of celebration.
Putin, who secured almost 64 per cent of votes in Sunday’s election, portrayed his return for a third term as president as a victory over those whom he said were trying to undermine the Russian state.
Post office worker Alla was one of many convinced by the Putin message: “I don’t know about the others,” she said, “but I voted for him because apart from Putin there are no other candidates that I saw, and I think that he should be a good president for our country.”
The prime minister held his own party on Monday evening mixing with politicians, celebrity musicians and actors who had taken part in his campaign broadcasts.
Putin is due to swap his premiership for the presidency in two months time.