Vladimir Putin has cast his ballot in the Russian presidential election, seeking a mandate for a fourth term.
The Russian president is certain to win in Sunday's election, so voter apathy is widespread.
Authorities have spent unprecedented funds to get out the vote to ensure he has a strong mandate for his next six years in office.
Some 145,000 observers are monitoring the voting in the world's largest country, including 1,500 foreigners and representatives from opposition leader Alexei Navalny's political movement.
Mr Navalny himself is barred from running. President Putin faces seven challengers but none poses a serious threat.
Russian Pres. Putin critic Alexey Navalny tells @ABC News in lead up to Russian presidential election, he wants "Russia to be a normal country."March 18, 2018
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