|Vladmir Putin today (below) after the recent rallies (above) against him.|
As Fiji's illegal leader talks of winning the 2014 election, tears came today from new ally - Russia's Vladimir Putin who was elected president amid reports of cheating.
Putin was prime minister but with his protege and then president, Dmitry Medvedev, last year hatched a plan to swap jobs to beat the rules limiting his term in office.
In his acceptance speech in central Moscow today, Putin who will now be in power for another six years, told supporters: "We have won an open and honest battle.”
But Opposition parties say Putin supporters engaged in 'carousel voting', which involved bus loads of people being driven to different voting stations to cast their vote.
Video footage also showed voters stuffing ballot boxes with multiple sheets of votes instead of the one they were entitled to.
Here in Fiji, Frank Bainimarama has also declared victory for himself, saying he'll win if he stands in the 2014 elections. Quote: "I would win" ..... "No doubt about that."
Russia's Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov (pictured above), visited Suva early last month. The visit was hailed as part of Russia's recognition of the Pacific as a priority and talks apparently focused on security and climate change.