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Russian president Vladimir Putin on Wednesday congratulated Donald Trump on his U.S. presidential election victory and expressed “hope for joint work for bringing the Russian-U.S. relations out of the crisis.”
He also expressed hope for “constructive dialogue” in a telegram published on the Kremlin’s official website.
Meanwhile, members of the State Duma, the lower chamber of Russian parliament, welcomed the news about Trump’s win with a round of applause, news agency RIA Novosti reported. It said that prominent legislator Vyacheslav Nikonov “congratulated” his colleagues on Trump’s election.
Sergei Zheleznyak, a member of the Duma’s international affairs committee, was quoted by news website Lenta.ru as saying that Hillary Clinton lost the election because of her association with Barack Obama, who “lost popularity” and caused “blatant anti-Russian hysteria.”
In the days before the presidential vote, Russian state-run media mostly pictured Trump in a favorable light, while labeling Clinton a “corrupt insider.”
On Sunday, Voskresnoye Vremya (Times on Sunday), a weekly news analysis show on the country’s No. 1 network, Channel One, painted Clinton as a villain, referencing the email controversy that has hounded her, a financial contribution from Qatar and allegations that staffer Huma Abedin’s family members had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Overall, Russian media outlets have been covering the election quite heavily. In addition to leaning in favor of Trump, state-run media called the campaign “one of the dirtiest” in U.S. history.
On Election Day, Zvezda, the defense ministry’s television network, ran a report under the headline, “Compromising Materials, Threats and Insults — This is How the U.S. Election Began.”
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