MOSCOW

Putin savours record win, securing six more years at Russia’s helm

Russian President Vladimir Putin basked in his biggest ever election victory on Mo­n­day, extending his rule over the world’s largest country for another six years at a time when his ties with the West are on a hostile trajectory. Putin’s victory will take his political dominance of Russia to nearly a quarter of a century, until 2024, making him the longest ruler since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. Putin, who will be 71 at the end of his term, has promised to beef up Russia’s defences against the West and raise living standards.