Within the past week, over 1500 arrests had been made condemning protesters who had initiated riots in various cities of Russia to display their discontent at having Mr. Vladimir Putin renew his presidential term. However, at 12 pm on the 7th of May, Putin took his oath for his inauguration as the President of the Russian Federation for the fourth time within the Kremlin in Moscow. With no disturbances during the programme, Vladimir Putin officially becomes the President of Russia after addressing the Russian predominant audience regarding his future hopes and aspirations for the country.
Securing his fourth term in the Kremlin has officially bested upon Putin the title of the longest-serving leader of Russia since the 30-year long reign of the Marxist leader Joseph Stalin from 1922 to 1952. Vladimir Putin had begun his term in the year 2000 when he was merely 47 years old, making him one of the youngest leaders in Russian history. Putin maintained his presidency for two four-year terms until 2008 when he was compelled to retire owing to Russian rules of tenure. From 2008 to 2010 he served as the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation until the title passed on to his apprentice Dmitry Medvedev for the following two years. Despite that, Putin remained the de facto ruler of Russia.
After the change in tenure rules of Russia, Vladimir Putin returned to power as the President in 2012 starting out for a six-year office term. His latest swearing-in confined Putin to another six-year term as the Russian leader until the elections of 2024 transfers the presidential powers onto new blood.
With the elections of 2018, Vladimir Putin has promised the Russian citizens to “multiply the strength and prosperity of Russia”. According to the President, Russia is “like a Phoenix” that has risen high up from the ashes of previous setbacks; and there’s nothing standing in their way to glory.