Some Russians abroad apparently cast protest votes against Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin won nearly 90 percent of domestic votes in the recent presidential election, but his landslide victory was not matched in Europe and other parts of the world.

Putin secured 87.28 percent of the votes within Russia.
But Russia's government says Putin won 72.3 percent of votes cast in 144 countries and regions.

Putin's vote shares were lower in the capitals of the Group of Seven countries. He won 61.73 percent of votes in Rome, 44.1 percent in Tokyo and 21.05 percent in London.

Putin attained 67.35 percent of votes cast in Beijing, which has strengthened its relationship with Moscow.

Vladislav Davankov from the New People party, one of the three candidates allowed to run against Putin in the election, attracted strong support outside Russia.

He garnered 53.07 percent of votes in London, and 38.14 percent in Paris, outperforming Putin. Davankov won 39.24 percent in Tokyo, just five percentage points behind the president.

But Davankov's overall share of votes within and outside Russia stood at 3.85 percent.

Russia strictly controls information. Observers say Russians living in countries with fewer restrictions on free speech apparently cast protest votes against Putin.