Navalny's widow vows to convince world Putin is not legitimate president

The widow of the late Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny says Vladimir Putin is not the legitimate president of Russia despite his landslide election victory.

Yulia Navalnaya released a video message on social media on Tuesday, following the 3-day presidential election through Sunday. Putin gained more than 87 percent of the vote.

Navalnaya had called on Russian voters to vote for any candidate except Putin to show protest.

She thanked the show of protest at the polls by many Russians across the country and abroad. She said they proved that Putin is not their president, adding that the election results do not matter.

She said she and others will make sure that no one in the world recognizes Putin as a legitimate president.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday that Putin scored "an unprecedented victory" in the election, stressing that he gained overwhelming public support.

Some Western countries say the election was not fair. A private election monitoring group in Russia cited an expert analyzing that 22 million of the 76.27 million votes Putin is declared to have garnered had been manipulated to increase his lead. The group claims the purported deception is the biggest election fraud in history.