At the end of my previous blog post, I complained that the Western media - including newspapers like The Times, which used to boast that it was a 'newspaper of record' - hadn't bothered to publish an English translation of Vladimir Putin's victory speech (HERE).
So I gave up searching Google and turned to Twitter in pursuit of the elusive text, where a Russian speech guru's perceptively dry tweet seemed to explain all: "You see, the real problem with Putin's victory speech is that nobody cares enough to even transcribe it let alone translate it."
Special thanks, of course, to those who have gathered here today in Moscow, to all those who supported us in every corner of our vast and boundless country.
I once asked you: "Will we win?"
We did win!
We won in an open and fair contest! [Crowd cheers]
We won in an open and fair contest.
But it was not only the election for President of Russia.
We have shown indeed, that no one can enslave us.
The Russian people have now shown that in our country such choices and scenarios will not pass.
We won today, thanks to the overwhelming support of the overwhelming majority of our voters, we won a clear victory.
We will work honestly and hard.
I promised you that we would win.
We did. We won. Glory to Russia.