Russian voters continued to queue outside the Russian Consulate in New York City on Sunday at the time polling stations had already closed in Russia and the preliminary results had been announced. In addition to queuing voters, some of whom wearing white-blue-red ribbons and Russian flags, there was also a protester waving red balloons with the words «fake elections on them.» «I am protesting... Еще, because I believe, if I vote, then I'm participating in a scheme, in a fake election. And all these people that are here, they're voting and it's their choice and I respect it. But as Russian citizen I chose not to vote,» the protester said. Besides the polling station inside the Russian Consulate, there was another polling station in New York City's Brixton, Brooklyn. Both stations closed at 20.00 local time [00:00 GMT]. According to the information made public by the Central Election Commission of Russia (CEC), the incumbent Russian president Vladimir Putin is now leading with over 76 percent of the vote.