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Vladimir Putin takes office as President of Russia

Vladimir Putin took the oath of office as the President of Russia. The inauguration ceremony took place on May 7 in the Kremlin, Izvestia reported.

The head of state left his office room live. He for the first time used the new Russian limousine at the inauguration, the car drove past the Tsar Bell to the Grand Kremlin Palace.

The Speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko, the Chairman of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin, the Chairman of the Constitutional Court Valery Zorkin came to the stage in the hall of the palace, symbolizing three branches of power: legislative, executive and judicial. Afterwards, the state flag and the presidential standard were solemnly brought into the hall.

«I swear, when exercising the powers of the President of the Russian Federation, to respect and protect the rights and freedoms of a man and citizen, to observe and protect the Constitution of the Russian Federation, to defend the sovereignty and independence, security and integrity of the state, faithfully serve the people,» Vladimir Putin said at the inauguration.

Vladimir Putin was re-elected to the post of head of state following the results of 2018 elections. He took up the post of president for the fourth time — first time he was elected in 2000.