Tuesday 21 November 2017

Vladimir Putin sworn in as Russia president

Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo: Getty Images
Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo: Getty Images
Vladimir Putin speaks during his inauguration ceremony as president in Moscow (AP/RIA Novosti Kremlin, Vladimir Rodionov, Presidential Press Service)
Police detain a protester in Moscow shortly before Vladimir Putin's inauguration (AP)
Former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi was among those attending Vladimir Putin's inauguration. (AP/RIA Novosti Kremlin, Vladimir Rodionov, Presidential Press Service)

Vladimir Putin has been sworn in as Russia's president for a third term after four years as prime minister.

Mr Putin was first elected president in 2000 and the new six-year term will keep him in power until 2018.

His inauguration comes a day after an opposition protest drew more than 20,000 people, fewer than the mass demonstrations that preceded his election but still a sign that the anger over Mr Putin's return to the Kremlin has not faded.

The protest turned violent when some demonstrators tried to march towards the Kremlin and riot police beat back the crowds with batons and detained more than 400 people.

Press Association

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