The World from Berlin 'The Beginning of the End of Putin's System'

Everyone expected Vladimir Putin to win Russia's presidential election on Sunday. Though the opposition may have protested in recent weeks, they are still too weak to effect real change. But growing resistance among the middle class could ultimately doom the strongman, German commentators warn.
A tearful Putin addresses his supporters on Sunday evening outside the Kremlin.

A tearful Putin addresses his supporters on Sunday evening outside the Kremlin.

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Photo Gallery: Landslide for Putin

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-- SPIEGEL International staff