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Vladimir Putin sworn in as Russia’s President for a fifth term

On Tuesday, May 7, 2024, President Vladimir Putin was sworn in for a new six-year term at a Kremlin ceremony in Moscow, Russia. However, the event was boycotted by the United States, the United Kingdom, and several other Western countries due to Russia’s war in Ukraine. Putin, who has been in power as either president or prime minister since 1999, begins his new mandate more than two years after he sent tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine. Russian forces have since regained the initiative in the conflict and are seeking to advance further in the east.

At 71 years old, Putin continues to dominate the domestic political landscape in Russia. On the international stage, he is engaged in a confrontation with Western countries, accusing them of using Ukraine as a means to defeat and dismember Russia. Despite the boycott by Western countries, Putin’s close ally, Sergei Chemezov, stated that his re-election and continuation in power represent stability for Russia. Chemezov also suggested that the West may not like Putin’s leadership, but they will come to understand that he is the stability Russia needs.

Putin won a landslide victory in a tightly controlled election held in March, from which two anti-war candidates were barred on technical grounds. His most prominent opponent, Alexei Navalny, died suddenly in an Arctic penal colony a month before the election, and other leading critics are either in jail or have been forced to flee abroad. The United States and other Western countries did not consider the election to be free and fair, but they acknowledged Putin as the president of Russia.

The United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and most European Union nations decided to boycott Putin’s inauguration ceremony. However, France sent its ambassador to the event. Ukraine criticized the ceremony, stating that it sought to create the illusion of legality for Putin’s long stay in power and accused Russia of aggression.

President Vladimir Putin’s swearing-in ceremony for his new six-year term took place on May 7, 2024, at the Kremlin in Moscow. The event was boycotted by several Western countries due to Russia’s war in Ukraine. Putin, who has been in power since 1999, continues to dominate the domestic political landscape in Russia and is engaged in a confrontation with Western countries. Despite the boycott, Putin’s re-election and continuation in power are seen by his allies as stability for Russia.

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