With the right hand on the Constitution, Vladimir Putin swore to “respect and defend the rights and freedoms of individuals and citizens, to fulfill and defend the Constitution of the Russian Federation, to defend sovereignty and independence, security and territorial integrity of the State, and serve the people with loyalty”.

Vladimir Putin has taken possession of his fourth term as president of Russia in a solemn ceremony in the Great Kremlin Palace, broadcast on television throughout the country.

Hours later the Russian president will propose the candidacy of the new head of government, which should be voted in the State Duma, the Lower House of the Russian Parliament, where the ruling party, United Russia, has an overwhelming majority.

All analysts agree that Medvedev will remain at the helm of the Executive despite his great unpopularity, so no major changes are expected in the main ministries.

Putin was re-elected for a new 6-year term on March 18 with 76.69% of the vote, his best result in the four presidential elections in which he participated. According to a survey published by the Levada Center, 47% of Russians consider that in the 18 years he has been in power, as president and prime minister (2008-2012), Putin has managed to restore the country’s status as a great world power .

On the other hand, 45% of respondents believe that the Russian president has failed to ensure a fairer distribution of income.

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