Journalists watch a ceremony to inaugurate Vladimir Putin as President of Russia at a press centre in Moscow, Russia.(Reuters Photo)
Journalists watch a ceremony to inaugurate Vladimir Putin as President of Russia at a press centre in Moscow, Russia.(Reuters Photo)

Vladimir Putin sworn in as Russian President for another six years

Vladimir Putin, 65, swore to serve the Russian people, safeguard their rights and freedoms, and defend Russian sovereignty.
Reuters, Moscow | By Reuters
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2018 02:58 PM IST

Vladimir Putin was sworn in for another six years as Russian President on Monday.

Standing in the Grand Kremlin Palace’s ornately-decorated Andreyevsky Hall with his hand on a gold-embossed copy of the constitution, Putin swore to serve the Russian people, safeguard their rights and freedoms, and defend Russian sovereignty.

Putin was inaugurated for his fourth term as president two months after more than 70% of voters backed him in a presidential election in which he had no serious challengers.

His most dangerous opponent, Alexei Navalny, was barred from running in that vote and on Saturday Navalny and hundreds of his supporters were detained by police while protesting over Putin’s new term under the slogan: “Putin is not our tsar.”

Putin, who is 65, embarks on his fourth term in office buoyed by widespread popular support but weighed down by a costly confrontation with the West, a fragile economy and uncertainty about what happens when his term ends.

The Russian constitution bars him from running again when his new terms ends in 2024.

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