Russians were voting yesterday to choose their president with Vladimir Putin unsurprisingly winning the race, receiving over 76% of votes.
He will now be Russia's president until 2024 and become the country's longest-serving ruler since Josef Stalin.
Putin polled well ahead of his nearest rival Pavel Grudinin, the Communist Party candidate, who described the elections as "dishonest". About 107 million Russians were eligible to cast ballots and in its latest update on participation.
Selfie competitions, giveaways, food festivals and children's entertainers were laid on at polling stations to entice voters.
Complaints of ballot-rigging triggered the biggest street protests of the Putin era in 2011 and before the 2012 presidential election. Putin loyalists said the result was a vindication of his tough stance toward the West.
"I think that in the United States and Britain they've understood they can not influence our elections", Igor Morozov, a member of the upper house of parliament, said on state television.
"Most candidates publicly expressed their certainty that the incumbent president would prevail in the election", it said. In response, President Putin thanked Prime Minister Modi for his wishes.
"I am confident that with you outstanding talent of a leader with a clear understanding and inflexible will, responsibility and commitment to your cause, you will continue to achieve success in solving all issues important for Russian Federation and in implementing plans for its further comprehensive development", the statement said.
Putin's bellicose language reached a crescendo before the election in a state-of-the-nation speech when he unveiled new nuclear weapons, saying they could hit nearly any point in the world and evade a US-built missile shield.
Moscow faces increasing global isolation over its interventions in Ukraine and in Syria, and a fresh round of U.S. sanctions over alleged Russian election meddling in 2016.
Western sanctions on Russia imposed over Crimea and Moscow's backing of a pro-Russian separatist uprising in eastern Ukraine remain in place and have damaged the Russian economy, which rebounded only previous year after a prolonged downturn.
Pointing out the close ties between Caracas and Moscow, the official statement from Nicolas Maduro said, "On behalf of the Venezuelan people, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro congratulates Russian president Vladimir Putin on being re-elected president for the period of 2018-2024".
"He wants to show that there is a little bit of Putin in every Russian, that he plays the Russian soul like a guitar", said political analyst Konstantin Kalachev.
During campaigning, Putin, a 65-year-old former KGB officer, stressed Russia's role as a major world power, boasting of its "invincible" new nuclear weapons. A government reshuffle is likely to take place after Putin's inauguration in May.