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Vladimir Putin Sworn in as Russian President for Fourth Term

World | Associated Press | May 7, 2018, 5:05 pm
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 Vladimir Putin took the oath of office for his fourth term as Russian president, promising to pursue an economic agenda that would boost living standards across the country. (Image: AP)

Vladimir Putin took the oath of office for his fourth term as Russian president, promising to pursue an economic agenda that would boost living standards across the country. (Image: AP)

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 In a ceremony in an ornate Kremlin hall in Moscow, Putin said improving Russia's economy following a recession partly linked to international sanctions would be a primary goal of his next six-year term. (Image: AP)

In a ceremony in an ornate Kremlin hall in Moscow, Putin said improving Russia's economy following a recession partly linked to international sanctions would be a primary goal of his next six-year term. (Image: AP)

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 Although Putin has restored Russia's prominence on the world stage through military actions, he has been criticized for inadequate efforts to diversify Russia's economy away from its dependence on oil and gas exports and to develop the country's manufacturing sector. (Image: AP)

Although Putin has restored Russia's prominence on the world stage through military actions, he has been criticized for inadequate efforts to diversify Russia's economy away from its dependence on oil and gas exports and to develop the country's manufacturing sector. (Image: AP)

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"Russia should be modern and dynamic, it should be ready to accept the call of the times," he said. (Image: AP)

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 In his speech, he made only brief reference to Russia's international role, saying

In his speech, he made only brief reference to Russia's international role, saying "Russia is a strong, active, influential participant in international life. The security and defence capability of the country is reliably ensured. We will give these matters the necessary constant attention." (Image: AP)

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