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Vladimir Putin starts his next six years in office

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

Vladimir Putin speaks with his hand on the Constitution during his inauguration ceremony as new Russia's president in the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia, Monday, May 7, 2018. Putin took the oath of office for his fourth term as Russian president on Monday, in a ceremony in an ornate Kremlin hall where he promised to pursue economic development that will make the country shine. (Alexander Astafyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

MOSCOW (Reuters) – 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 percent 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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– Reuters