from Sputnik News:
Russians went to the polls on Sunday, reelecting President Vladimir Putin in a landslide. Meanwhile, Western governments and much of their media have attempted to dismiss the significance of the vote. Speaking to Sputnik, investigative journalist Rick Sterling explained what the West’s problem seems to be.
Putin confidently won a fourth term in Sunday’s presidential election, taking over 76% of the vote amid turnout of over 67%. Unfortunately, as Rick Sterling pointed out, some Western countries just can’t seem to accept that result.
“The West is already diminishing the results here,” the journalist said, speaking to Radio Sputnik. “The New York Times is calling it a ‘charade’. And the one thing I would note here is that when the West likes the results of an election, they say it was free and fair, no matter how corrupt it was. If they don’t like the results, they say it was unfair and a charade – for example in Russia today they’re calling it a charade.”