Polls close in Russia election
Vladimir Putin's chosen successor, Dmitry Medvedev, is set to win Russia's presidential election by a wide margin, exit polls indicate. ( BBC )
The state-owned pollster VTsIOM showed Mr Medvedev with 69.6% of the vote.
And early results, with 15% of votes counted, put him on 64.5%. His nearest rival was Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov, on nearly 20%.
Mr Medvedev, a first deputy PM, was the clear favourite from the start and enjoyed generous television coverage.
His other rivals in the race were nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky and little-known outsider Andrei Bogdanov.
Mr Putin has pledged to serve as Mr Medvedev's prime minister.
Turnout was high, at nearly 60%, officials said. But there were also reports that many workers were told to vote by their bosses.