Ingrid Teesalu, ERR News
During the Russian presidential elections over the weekend, 86 percent of the nation’s citizens who cast their ballots in Estonia supported Vladimir Putin.
According to the Russian Embassy in Estonia, a total of 31,500 people, or 26.7 percent of voting-age Russian citizens visiting or residing in the country, took part in the elections.
Out of the nine polling stations set up across Estonia (four in both Tallinn and Narva, one in Tartu), the busiest ones were in Tallinn, receiving slightly below 15,000 voters. In Narva the number of voters reached 13,200, while in Tartu the figure remained more modest – 1,500.
Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov, Putin’s closest rival, received 6.82 percent of votes given by Russian citizens in Estonia.
The rest of the ballots were divided between Mikhail Prokhorov (3.88 percent), Vladímir Zhirinovsky (2.26 percent) and Sergei Mironov (0.93 percent).
Russia's electoral committee has already declared Putin winner of the elections. He had received 63.7 percent of the votes when nearly 100 percent of the ballots had been counted.
Putin Takes 86% of Russian Votes in Estonia