I am not sure “win” was the right word here. 

Courtesy of CNN:

President Vladimir Putin has won a resounding victory in his bid to stay in power until the middle of the next decade, as Russians voted overwhelmingly to endorse the country’s political status quo, according to preliminary results.

Russians went to the polls Wednesday to cast ballots in a nationwide referendum on constitutional amendments. The vote paves the way for Putin, who has ruled for two decades, to remain president until 2036.

Campaign literature made little mention of the real purpose of the referendum, framing it as a return to old-fashioned family values, designed to appeal to conservative voters.

“Our country, our constitution, our decision” was the slogan on the information bulletin explaining the constitutional reform to voters.

The brochure spelled out a range of amendments, including a provision that defines marriage strictly as a “union of a man and a woman.”

Does anybody else find it troubling that Putin used what is ostensibly a Republican platform to seize power here?

Family values, traditional marriage, if he had thrown in gun rights he could have been any GOP candidate running in the last twenty years. 

Now my concern is that Putin would like to have his American counterpart stay in power for just as long and is already starting to undermine our upcoming elections.

Because let’s face it, this is clearly not somebody who gives two shits about democracy.