Vladimir Putin has significantly strengthened his grip on power, with voters approving changes to the Russian constitution which will allow him to remain President for at least another 16 years.
Russians have spent the last week voting in a national referendum, which asked them to either support or oppose a wide-ranging package of more than 200 amendments to the nation’s “Basic Law”.
It was an all-or-nothing deal. Voters could either support every amendment, or none of them. And according to Russia’s Central Elections Commission, three-quarters voted yes.
Independent groups have disputed that figure, saying their own exit polls showed support for the package was short of a majority. Russia’s most prominent opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, has dismissed the official result as “fake”.