Vladimir Putin’s victoryin yesterday’s Russian presidential election was predicted well ahead of the vote. Putin’s strict control over the government and its people largely guaranteed his win.

But according to news analyst Charlie Sennott, Putin’s message also resonates with Russians, and likely affected their turnout in his favor.

“He speaks to some deep yearning in Russia, about a return to the glory of Russia and the glory that it once held on the world stage and that it is now besieged by a hostile west,” he said on BPR Monday. “When he says that, he resonates with Russians as much as Reagan did with America or Obama did with some of America; he’s hitting them right where their heart is, and it works.”

Putin won yesterday’s election with 76.7 percent of the vote.

His critics pointed out that nearly two percent of the vote was garnered overnight, and that many polling places had recorded exactly 85, 90 and 95 percent turnout, facts they say point to foul play.

Sennott said Putin’s resonant message doesn’t erase the intimidation tactics he used during Russia’s elections.

“He does have popular support, but he also has an iron fist,” Sennott said. “He rules with fear, he locks you up if you don’t believe in what he says, he poisons you if you’re the enemy and if you’re his opposition candidate, he tells you not to run, so it’s kind of easy to win in that regard.”

Charlie Sennott is a news analyst at WGBH, where he also heads up the GroundTruth Project. To hear his interview in its entirety, click on the audio player above.