Putin Welcomes Results of Chechnya Referendum; Separatists Call it 'Farce'
Russian President Vladimir Putin said the people of Chechnya, by voting in favor of a constitutional referendum on Sunday, have voted in favor of peace. Mr. Putin spoke after partial results released Monday indicated that more than 95 percent of voters approved the new constitution. Meeting cabinet ministers in Moscow Monday, President Putin hailed Sunday’s constitutional referendum for Chechnya as a success. And while he said the outcome of the referendum was expected, Mr. Putin said the figures exceeded even the most optimistic expectations. According to partial results, Russian electoral officials say that more than 95 percent of the nearly half-million eligible voters approved the new constitution. Full Story