China hails Putin`s victory

Chinese President Hu Jintao has sent a congratulatory
message to Putin, Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said.

Russian vote skewed in Putin`s favor: Monitors

Election observers said Putin, who won about 64 % votes, was given a clear advantage over his rivals in the media.

700 observers to monitor Russian presidential poll

A group of 29 officials from PACE are also scheduled to arrive in Moscow to monitor the poll.