Putin to address Russian people after officials declare election results valid

Putin’s landslide victory in Sunday’s vote will make him the longest-serving Russian ruler since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu arrive for the opening of the Army-2015 international military forum in Kubinka, outside Moscow, on 16 June 2015. Picture: AFP.

MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin is set to address the Russian people on Friday after the results of an election that gave him a new six-year term were declared valid, the Kremlin said.

Putin’s landslide victory in Sunday’s vote will make him the longest-serving Russian ruler since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and has raised Western fears of spiralling confrontation.