Putin starts fourth mandate on background of popular discontent

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Putin starts fourth mandate on background of popular discontent


Vladimir Putin took the oath of office on Monday for a fourth term as Russia’s president in a midday ceremony at the Kremlin, with his right hand on a red-bound copy of the Russian Constitution.

Putin, 65, has president or prime minister since 1999 and just finished the term that he began in 2012 after a four-year stint as prime minister.

In remarks after taking the oath, Putin called for a "breakthrough" that would bolster the Russian economy and improve living standards.

"As head of s...


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