Russia's blue-chip Micex index +0.6% after Vladimir Putin claims an unsurprisingly overwhelming...

|By:, SA News Editor

Russia's blue-chip Micex index +0.6% after Vladimir Putin claims an unsurprisingly overwhelming victory in the presidential election. While the opposition plans a mass rally in Moscow and the poll drew charges of vote-rigging - Putin won 99.7% of the vote in Chechnya - the market hopes for stability, and political and economic reform.