Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, seeking a third term amid allegations of rigging the election, won with a reported 64 percent of the vote. Droves of Russians arrive at 90-thousand polling stations across the country. Russian officials assure voters the election is clean.
"Believe us, we are here to monitor according to the usual set of standards of what is supposed to be for free and fair elections," said Election Monitor Tonino Picula.
Here in Lincoln Russian Americans at St. John of Kronstadt Orthodox church say they are keeping a close eye on the results.
The Russian government has seen a surge of aggressiveness highlighted by invading Georgia in 2008.
It's the same year the country seceded from the the Commonwealth of Independent States -- Tension has increased ever since Russian Americans here are concerned. "When I lived in Russia, people tried to kill me five times because I immigrated to America, " said Russian-American Viktor Skotarenko. "I see American Law work. American Law defends all citizens. It was very bad."