Dimitry Medvedev was among those fortunate to live in democratic nations where results of elections are known prior to the first person entering the polling booth to cast a vote. Speaking to reporters at his election headquarters, regarding future plans he said: “I think that it will be a direct continuation of that path which is being carried out by President Putin.” The new president emphasized the importance atttached to working with Putin as part of a team. Of course, oppponents who actually dared to run against Medvedev complained about the stage managed election, but this attitude is only typical of those who still don’t grasp the meaning of democracy in the Putin era.
The official count with half polling stations reporting was 68.19% for Medvedev while challenger Gennady Zyuganov came in with 16.8% of the vote. President Putin undobutedly will have to send some people out to check on who fouled up by allowing nearly 17% of the vote to go to someone other than Medvedev.