Chinese President Hu Jintao has sent a congratulatory
message to Putin, Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said.
Election observers said Putin, who won about 64 % votes, was given a clear advantage over his rivals in the media.
A group of 29 officials from PACE are also scheduled to arrive in Moscow to monitor the poll.
Day in Pics: 17th December
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